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Don’t pay inaccurate medical bills

| Aug 14, 2019 | Medical Debt

When you have to seek care in the hospital, you have a lot to think about. Not only do you have to miss work, you might know that you are going to start getting costly bills in the mail. There are a few things that you need to remember about these bills. One of these is that you must scrutinize them line by line so that you can ensure that you are only paying what you should. The second is that you need to come up with a strategy for handling them. A third is that you should only agree to payment terms if you are sure you can keep them.

As you review the bills, remember that you will have to ask for the itemized bill. Chances are that the hospital will only send you a generalized statement that tells you what the total bill was and what the insurance paid. It will also include the amount that you are responsible for. While this is good to know, it doesn’t tell you whether you actually received everything they said. Even having to pay for one extra pill is too much.

Once you have reviewed the itemized bill, you can determine what you can do to pay it off. If you can make small monthly payments, this might be suitable. You have to contact the company handling the bill to find out if there will be interest added. Sometimes, it is better to look into filing bankruptcy because the monthly payments might be too costly for your budget or the interest might be too great.

If you are considering bankruptcy due to medical bills, you aren’t alone. This is one of the most common reasons for bankruptcy. Be sure that you plan this carefully so that you are truly getting a fresh start.