Medical Billing FAQs

What does it mean when a medical bill goes to collections?

Each hospital or doctor's office determines the length of time they will allow for patients to pay their medical bills. If bills remain unpaid beyond that period, those bills are referred to agencies that specialize in collecting payments. Once they're turned over to one of these collection agencies, your debt may be reported to a credit bureau.

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How long will a medical debt remain on my credit report?

If you are unable to resolve your bill or reach a payment agreement with a collection agency that reports your account to a credit bureau, the collection account will stay on your credit history for 7 years. There is some good news. In 2017, the three major credit bureaus--Experian, Equifax and TransUnion--added a 6-month grace period for patients to resolve their accounts before a medical debt appears past-due on their credit reports.

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Is it possible to negotiate on a medical bill?

Yes. Contact the billing manager at your hospital or doctor's office billing manager to discuss your options. Some providers may be willing to adjust your bill or work out a payment plan that could keep your debt from affecting your credit score.

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What is an EOB and do I need to pay it?

An EOB, or Explanation of Benefits, is not a bill, so there's nothing to pay. It's an inventory that shows which parts of your medical bill were paid by your insurance company--and which items were not. It's a good idea to keep EOBs and use them like checklists to keep track of the bills you'll need to pay out of pocket.

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Where can I find help understanding my medical bill?

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