Liz Kowalczyk

Liz Kowalczyk reports on hospitals, doctors, and the patient perspective for the Globe, focusing on quality of care and medical errors, medical culture, and treatment trends, including for mental health issues. Her job includes exposing problems in the health care system that impact patients in ways both big and small.

Kowalczyk is a graduate of Cornell University, and has worked for the Globe since 2000. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 as part of a team for national reporting on a pharmacy whose contaminated products killed and injured dozens of people. She won first place in 2014 for beat reporting from the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2015, she was a Scripps Howard Foundation finalist for investigative reporting as part of a team that wrote about concurrent surgery.

Latest stories

Some patients battle illness or injury — and surprise bills

By , Globe Staff

Two dozen readers responded to a Globe story about the problem of out-of-network charges. Here are some of their stories.

Children’s Hospital sues Saudi prince over $3.5m bill for child’s care

By , Globe Staff

Children’s Hospital alleges that he owes the hospital $3.5 million for the care of a Saudi Arabian child with a rare genetic disease whose care he agreed to fund.

Urgent care chain to pay $2m settlement in billing probe

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CareWell Urgent Care was accused of giving patients overly-thorough exams and then billing government insurers for the unnecessary care.

Surprise medical bills: The doctor is not in your insurance plan

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The problems begin when doctors aren’t employed by the hospital. That’s when you’re more likely to get the bill.