When serious abdominal pains sent Joyce Jones to the hospital, she'd hoped the bill would be the least of her problems. She had no job and a bare-bones health insurance policy that she knew would cover only a fraction of her bill. So it helped ease her worries, she said, when a social worker at Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy told her the hospital had a fund to help patients like her.
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