One Good Thing: Flight paramedic treats patient medical debt

When flight paramedic Rita Krenz boards a helicopter, she knows her patients are about to face problems she can’t fix — a health care system that buries people in debt after a car accident or stroke.

So she decided to do something about it. She turned for help to RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit that buys and relieves medical debt.

Krenz started a fundraising campaign that brought in more than $18,000 for the charity. That money has helped RIP Medical Debt relieve the debt of more than 900 people so far, with the average bill abolished totaling around $1,340.

Krenz has no way of knowing if she will help anyone she’s treated. But it’s enough to know that her campaign will help somebody.

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