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guard leading man in handcuffs to cell Once a month is “medical debt collection day,” in Coffeyville, Kansas, when people are summoned to court to fork over whatever cash they may have toward medical bills. And if they don’t show up, they’re thrown in jail. (Photo: Shutterstock)

In some places in America, the weight of medical debt isn’t just about money. It can lead to getting arrested and going to jail.

Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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