North Dakota: thanks to the oil and gas industry, unpaid medical bills are up 30 percent
I recently blogged about a hospital in Pennsylvania that has its first budget loss in five years, due to workers in the oil and gas industry who do not have health insurance. I also blogged about a town in Montana that has hundreds of new schoolchildren each year, a crime rate that has almost doubled, and an overwhelmed volunteer fire department.
Now, according to EnergyWire, comes word from the North Dakota Hospital Association that unpaid bills in North Dakota's hospital have increased 30 percent over the past two years, due to oil field services employers that do not provide health insurance or only offer plans with very high deductibles. This is just another way that communities are struggling from the impacts of oil and gas development.