mom2abcd Posted February 13, 2012 Share Posted February 13, 2012 (edited) I have a chronic health condition and was not able to get much help with it while we had poor health insurance. Now that we thought we had "better" insurance, I went to the doctor. Blood tests alone were almost $700 after insurance paid what they said was their part. There are other smaller bills that I have paid little by little over the past couple of months, but I have this last one. I would like to write to the hospital/lab to see if they would consider reducing my bill. Has anyone successfully done this? Or worked in this field and have tips to share? They already got almost $3000 from insurance for these blood tests. Would they write off the remaining amount? People say that medical places sometimes overcharge because they know insurance will pay. But if insurance doesn't pay all of it, how does one convince the medical place to write the rest off? I was supposed to return to the doctor long before now, but I just can't handle going into further debt. We are low income and this is such a burden. I need to do something about this bill... We also have a dental bill for $500, I think. (Can you tell I'm trying to ignore the amounts and stay sane?;o) They said I needed a crown. I said, "No thank you. I can't afford it." They said they would check with insurance. Came back and said the most I would have to pay was $150. So I gave the OK. Now the bill is much more. This seems easier-- write a letter and remind them of the whole conversation, send $150, and tell them I hope they can write the rest off. Or is there a better way to handle these situations? I have already talked with the insurance companies. They have done all they will. Edited February 13, 2012 by mom2abcd Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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