September 03, 2014

HCA, the biggest for-profit hospital chain in Florida, has been sued by two South Florida women for "unreasonable, unconscionable and unlawful pricing and billing practices" in a class-action lawsuit filed this week in Hillsborough County.

The women were injured in unrelated car accidents in spring 2013 and treated at HCA's JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, south of West Palm Beach. The chain has a dozen hospitals in the Tampa Bay area.

Each woman received bills for CT scans and X-rays that far exceeded their $10,000 coverage under the insurance required of all drivers, leaving them with thousands in unpaid bills.

"People pay for insurance and expect to be covered," said the plaintiffs' lawyer, Leslie Kroeger of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll in Palm Beach Gardens. "They don't expect these crazy high bills."

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