Nashville General Hospital decided a few years ago that the payoff from suing poor patients over medical bills isn’t worth the cost of litigation. But until very recently, the separate company that runs the emergency department for the public hospital and others around the U.S. was continuing to haul patients who couldn’t pay into court.

Nashville General Hospital decided a few years ago that the payoff from suing poor patients over medical bills isn’t worth the cost of litigation. But until very recently, the separate company that runs the emergency department for the public hospital and others around the U.S. was continuing to haul patients who couldn’t pay into court.