Medical Bills – Ignoring Them Will Not Make Them Go Away

Medical Bills are overwhelming  for most people makes them want to put them in a pile on the desk and deal with them later. However, later never comes and they become more and more complex. One hospitalization can lead to the hospital bill, along with separate bills from the laboratory, radiology, physicians.etc. Then you wait for the insurance to pay, or is it going to pay? If you do not have insurance you wonder if the bills will ever stop.

When presented with medical bills that are overwhelming do not wait to get help. I suggest not to ignore them but seek help with them sooner than later. If they go to collection it is much harder to resolve issues. The financial service office at the hospital or the physician office maybe a first stop in the process. Check and see if they have any special programs for people in your income bracket or with your financial set of circumstances. There will be paperwork to fill out but it may be worth the time and effort it takes to do this. It is possible to negotiate medical bills.

Some Private Health Care Advocates and Certified Life Care Planners offer services that can you with figure out medical bills, insurance payments, or help with filling out the paperwork properly. Ignoring them will not make them go away and will only lead to more stress. If you are looking for help from a Private Health Care Advocate or Certified Life Care Planner here are two websites with directories where you might find some help:
http://nahac.memberlodge.com/directory.html
http://www.nnlcp.com/specialty.html

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About Donna M. Post, RN CLNC/Mid-Valley Legal Nurse Consulting, Inc.

Donna M. Post, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, CLNC, LNCP-C is a Registered Nurse with 25 years of experience ranging from critical care to healthcare management. She currently is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and Certified Life Care Planner and the founder of Mid-Valley Legal Nurse Consulting, Inc. http://www.mvlnc.com.
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