This article, Dealing with Medical Debt: Consumer Advice from NCLC, is the first in a series of articles from NCLC (National Consumer Law Center) that provide advice for families in financial difficulty. The Consumer Debt Advice series, targeted directly to the consumer, includes information about legal rights and best strategies for dealing with debt.
The first article in the series focuses on medical debt, including debt owed to hospitals, doctors, dentists, and other providers. Far more detail with legal citations on consumer rights dealing with medical debt is found in National Consumer Law Center, Collection Actions Chapter 9, updated at www.nclc.org/library.
The article addresses the following:
- Don’t Pay Medical Debt Ahead of Other Debt or Borrow to Pay Medical Debt
- Debt Collectors and Medical Debt
- Limits on Credit Reporting of Medical Debt
- Can a Hospital Turn You Away If You Owe It Money?
- Correcting Your Medical Bills
- Requesting Financial Assistance
- Will a Health Care Provider Sue You for Unpaid Bills?
You can read the full article on the NCLC Digital Library website by clicking on any of the links in this post or by following this address: https://library.nclc.org/dealing-medical-debt-consumer-advice-nclc.