NEW YORK — A “cancer survivor” in Texas has received more than $200 million in medical and dental bills from a medical provider in the last two years after being discharged from a hospital for an unspecified medical condition, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Karen Burch, the daughter of a former Texas state legislator, is suing her former provider, the Medical Care Providers Association of Texas, and the city of Lubbock for “falsely and maliciously” charging her medical bills totaling $2,400 per month, including for a $15,000 procedure she received for “multiple malignant tumors.”
Burch is seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit, which seeks to stop the practice and prevent the use of similar tactics in other states.
The lawsuit filed Monday in a Texas state court by Burch’s attorney argues the city and its hospital breached Burch and the state’s Consumer Fraud Act by charging her more than the medical bills for her “medical treatment and care.”
The lawsuit alleges that the hospital did not tell Burch that the fee was part of a “payment plan” and that the charges were not reimbursed by the city.
The suit claims the charges are “false, deceptive, and abusive.”
Burch is a widow of former state Rep. Mark Burch of Texas.
The city of Houston is also named as a defendant in the suit.
It said in a statement that it is reviewing the lawsuit.