Cory Doctorow

May 18, 2021

5 min read

Community Health Services sued its way through the pandemic

When health is a business, medical debt is an asset.

A comic-book drawing of a giant grim reaper bringing down a scythe on a crowd of writhing people; the reaper’s empty black hood has been filled with the CHS logo. Perched insouciantly on the scythe is a miniature old-timey editorial cartoon of a ‘fat-cat’ business-man with a money-bag for a head.

Last Jan, Northwell Health was the subject of a viral New York Times story about the thousands of patients it had sued over medical debt, in the midst of a pandemic. The publicity was so bad that the company abandoned its legal campaign of terror.