The first thing to after you receive a medical bill that is unexpected or seems high is contact the sender and request an itemized bill, with billing codes. All of your options for handling unexpected bills are detailed in Lower Your Healthcare Bills and Medical Bill Financial Help.
Once you have an itemized bill, there are multiple paths to lowering and eliminating the bill. Pathways include;
- Finding mistakes.
- Disputing the charges.
- Applying for charitable care.
- Appealing for insurance coverage.
- Negotiating payment discounts and plans.
- Public Funding
There are also free medical bill review and advocacy services available.
Medical bill review company CoPatient put together a step-by-step medical bill payment guide that’s very easy to use.
You can also get free help from aPatientsPlace.com experts.