Over six years, the University of Virginia health system filed 36,000 lawsuits against patients seeking a total of more than $106 million in unpaid bills, seizing wages and bank accounts, putting liens on property and homes and forcing families into bankruptcy, a Kaiser Health News investigation discovered. The sheer size of the program dwarfs other hospitals. The story triggered immediate reaction. The university suspended lawsuits and announced it would increase financial assistance, give bigger discounts to the uninsured and “reduce our reliance on the legal system” to collect money from patients.