Fighting Medical Bills: Do’s and Don’ts


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Past due medical bills are the reason 59 percent of Americans are contacted by a debt collector. But what happens if those charges are wrong? We’ll explain how to dispute a medical bill.

You might assume the fees you receive for medical care are correct — but one report found many as 80 percent of medical bills contain errors! If you receive a bogus bill, don’t panic! Do ask for an itemized copy that summarizes all the services. Check it over carefully and compare it to your insurance company’s explanation of benefits. Don’t delay talking to your provider’s billing department about the fees in question. Do contact your insurer if your bill doesn’t cover something you thought it would. Sometimes, it’s simply because the wrong code was entered. And do file an appeal if your claim is denied. If you aren’t able to get a bill revised, try to negotiate. One consumer report survey found 57 percent of people said they’d successfully negotiated down a hospital bill. If you feel like you can’t do it alone, get a billing advocate involved to work on your behalf.

Another important tip: take good notes of all your conversations and encounters throughout the process. Get things in writing when you can. And if you’re not getting the resolution you want, you may consider seeking legal counsel.


Contributor(s) to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Bob Walko, Videographer and Editor.

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