JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.-Johnson City Medical Center here has proposed a $1.5 million settlement for 1,400 people who were allegedly overcharged for cancer treatments. Circuit Court Judge Thomas Seeley has scheduled a June 28 hearing in Johnson City Law Court to hear comments on the settlement in the class-action case. Attorneys' fees also must be decided. Those in the class received outpatient radiation therapy at the hospital between January 1990 and March 1993. They will each get about $200, according to plaintiffs' attorney Tom Jessee. He said the settlement allows additional reimbursement to class members who can show they paid more than $200 out of their own pockets. Hospital attorney Frank Anderson said the hospital continues to maintain that it did nothing wrong, but settled to avoid further legal costs. The lawsuit was filed after published reports in 1993 that the hospital's charges for cancer treatment were up to three times higher than other hospitals in northeast Tennessee. For example, the figures obtained by the Johnson City Press in 1993 showed a single complex radiation treatment cost $497 at the Johnson City hospital. It would cost $137 at Kingsport's Holston Valley Hospital and $154 at Bristol Regional Medical Center.-Associated Press
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