Instead of charitable care, these MultiCare patients got calls from debt collectors, suit says

Low-income patients in Tacoma have sued MultiCare, alleging the hospital system failed to screen them for free or discounted care before sending them to debt collectors.

Joncee Hull and Sharon Shrout argue in their class action that they were underinsured, couldn’t afford the MultiCare bills for treatment at Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and should have qualified for so-called “charity care” under state law.