More Hospital Stays Go Unpaid
(AJC) — Carlton Garey owes The Medical Center of Central Georgia almost $6,000, and he can’t pay. The 45-year-old construction worker lost his job in July. Though he didn’t have health insurance before, it wasn’t a problem because he never had to go to the doctor. But recent health trouble sent him to the emergency room twice, most recently in October. Garey is one of almost two million people in Georgia without health insurance, a figure that has been exacerbated by the poor economy. Unemployment in the state has remained near 10 percent during the past year, and about 20 percent of Georgians were uninsured in 2009 — the most without any health care coverage during the past decade.