Author Topic: Can I fight an ER bill?  (Read 1102 times)


  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Can I fight an ER bill?
« on: January 31, 2017, 06:08:49 PM »
Hi Friends,

I need advice regarding multiple bills I've been receiving from an ER visit earlier this month.
Here's the background:
My health insurance lapsed (long story here that I won't get into, but I am now covered) and of course, in that short time frame, I needed to go to the ER.
I will try to spare you the details, but I had a HORRIBLE experience and the reason I went in was neither solved nor corrected during my visit. AKA a big waste of time, and money.
Now here is the situation:
Hospital bill-$1500 for lab work, a special test I needed, the room
Bill #2 from a third party billing company-$100 for the radiologist that read my "special test"
Bill #3 again third party-$1000 for the doctor that "treated" me. This bill infuriates me the most because the care I received was atrocious.

Hopefully there are no more of these suckers in the mail!
So far I got Bill #2 down to $50 so that one is now paid off, but does anyone have any advice for the others? Are there any secrets to negotiating my bills down??

I'd love any advice! Thank you!


  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Re: Can I fight an ER bill?
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2017, 08:11:46 PM »
Whether you feel like you were treated or not, they can still charge for services rendered.  You can call and ask if there is a self pay discount or discount for paying in full, but I would be surprised if they decrease your bill just because you didn't have a good experience.


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Re: Can I fight an ER bill?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2017, 08:31:18 PM »
At my local hospital they will give you a discount if you just show up in person to pay the bill !  You could try it and see what happens.  Sometimes they are able to recode things in order to reduce the price especially for non-insured people - at least it used to be that way.  Not sure how it is now.