Trinity Moravian Church’s act of paying off $3.3m in medical debt for local families has highlighted the crisis in the US healthcare system. Although charitable movements have sprung up to counter the problem, the inflated and opaque nature of medical bills remains a crucial issue. Experts call for respect for patient autonomy, transparency in billing, and enforcement of laws penalizing healthcare institutions that flout them. Recent legislation in Colorado prohibiting debt collection for non-compliant hospitals could offer a national solution.
In an operation to reduce motoring offences, police officers and driving agencies pulled over and checked vehicles in the Black Country at a quiet industrial