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More people speaking out over Accretive Health Care complaints

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The lawsuit against Accretive Health Care continues to grow as more people are coming forward saying they were hunted in emergency rooms before receiving care.

And now to make things worse, some patient's medical records could be compromised.

The amended complaint includes more than two dozen additional patients who feared they would not get proper medical treatment if they did not pay their bill on the spot.

Terry Mackel, one of these patients, spoke about a $363 hospital bill he owed.

Mackel arrived at Fairview Hospital in Burnsville with a kidney stone and was put on a morphine drip when an Accretive Health Bill collector stepped into his room.

In a similar situation, Amy Morris went to Southdale Hospital after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

Before surgery to try and remove the tumor, Morris was told she needed to pay the estimated $1,500 bill.

"They came out and said you have to pay this or you won't get the surgery," Morris said.

Both Mackel and Morris joined a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General's office six months ago, along with dozens of others.

In the attorney general's amended complaint, other patients also report being intimidated to pay-up at their bedside and often over paying for their procedures.

One woman was told her newborn, who she had just given birth to, could not go home unless she paid an $800 bill.

They Attorney General's office says Accretive is still in operation at North Memorial Hospital and that cooperation with the investigation has been minimal.

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