A US oncologist has wiped out nearly $650,000 worth of debts for 200 cancer patients after realising that many of them were struggling to pay.https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55544496
Dr Omar Atiq closed his cancer treatment centre in Arkansas last year after nearly 30 years in business.
He worked with a debt collection firm to gather outstanding payments, but then realised many families had been hit hard financially by the pandemic.
Over Christmas, he wrote to patients telling them any debts would be erased.
“Over time I realised that there are people who just are unable to pay,”
Dr Atiq told ABC’s Good Morning America.
“So my wife and I, as a family, we thought about it and looked at forgiving all the debt. We saw that we could do it and then just went ahead and did it.”