DocWorking: The Whole Physician Podcast

195: Americans and Crushing Medical Debt with Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington

August 8, 2022

“The concept came to me for a book series, or media series, called What Your Doctor Wants You to Know when I realized that I was having the same conversation with patients and there were just things that I wanted to scream from the rooftops.”

- Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington, Internal Medicine Physician and Author of What Your Doctor Wants You to Know Book Series


Approximately 8-9 medical bills out of 10 generated in the U.S. contain errors that do not benefit the patient. Today, DocWorking brings guest speaker Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington, MD and author of her book series What Your Doctor Wants You to Know to Crush Medical Debt onto the podcast. CEO of DocWorking and cohost of the podcast Dr. Jen Barna has an informational conversation with Dr. Ellington about how you can best confront medical billing to assess for errors. The passionate Dr. Ellington speaks with listeners about her book series and the steps she encourages you to take to tackle medical debt. Hear how Dr. Ellington’s background in internal medicine and balancing work and life as a doctor mom inspired her to write this book series.


What Your Doctor Wants You to Know to Crush Medical Debt: A Health System Insider’s 3 Steps to Protect Yourself from America’s #1 Cause of Bankruptcy by Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington


Virgie Bright Ellington, MD, is an internal medicine physician and medical billing expert. A dedicated patient advocate, Dr. Virgie earned her degree at the University of Michigan Medical School and trained at the Cambridge Hospital of Harvard Medical School.

After practicing more than 20 years in primary care and psychiatric settings and as a health insurance executive, Dr. Virgie now helps patients understand complex medical procedures, communicate effectively with their healthcare providers, and avoid financial devastation from crushing medical bills through her What Your Doctor Wants You to Know series. She also hosts a weekly radio show on VoiceAmerica by the same name. Dr. Virgie is a former NY1 News health contributor and has been featured in Dallas Fox News, several podcasts, and national magazines.

Dr. Virgie lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and three children.

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