Truth, sometimes, is stranger than fiction, said Attorney General Lisa Madigan last night, as she introduced the documentary "Do No Harm," which examines unfair hospital billing practices at a non-profit hospital in Georgia.
"I think you'll find the events recorded in this film almost sound like a plot from a bestseller by John Grisham," she said.
The film, directed by first-time Chicago filmmaker Rebecca Schanberg, debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It follows physician John Bagnato and accountant Charles Rehberg, who went head-to-head with an Albany, Ga., hospital named Phoebe Putney.
"In the absence of laws to protect health care consumers from overly aggressive billing and collection practices, many Illinois hospitals employed strategies similar to those at Phoebe Putney," said Madigan, a leader in the state's efforts to curb expensive billing practices.
Several Chicago hospital systems, including Resurrection Health Care and Advocate Health Care, were forced to settle overcharging disputes earlier this year.
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