Doctors donate $11K to patient medical debt

National News

July 25, 2018 - 11:00 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A group of Kansas City-area doctors have donated about $11,000 to help pay off medical bills for hundreds of patients in Missouri and Kansas.

The Midwest Direct Primary Care Alliance’s donation announced Monday will buy $1.47 million worth of medical debt on behalf of 784 patients in the two states, the Kansas City Star reported. The alliance is comprised of 21 medical clinics where doctors don’t take health insurance and instead charge patients a monthly membership fee.

About 19 doctors and nurse practitioners who work for alliance clinics donated the money to RIP Medical Debt, said Allison Edwards, owner of Kansas City Direct Primary Care in Kansas City, Kansas. The New York-based nonprofit buys bundles of unpaid bills from collection agencies and medical providers for pennies on the dollar.

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