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Doctor office refuses to treat my son and I because of past

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I received a letter from the Billing Department, from my Doctors office. I have an outstanding debt with them, which I TOTALLY forgot about..$65.00. I ALSO received a letter, reguarding my son...oustanding debt was $350.00. Well....this debt, for my son was suppose to go onto my ex-husband's insurance. Apparently it was 'denied'. So..they dr's office is sending ME the bill. Here is the strange thing....MY bill is not TOO old...they ( dr's office) said some time last year. But..they say my SON'S bill is over 3 years old. Why din't they send me something ( or my ex?) before now? I gave them (dr's office) a number to get in touch with my ex. According to these letters, I have 30 days to pay BOTH of them in full, or the Dr's office will "refuse any treatment my son or I have." I don't think they can refuse treatment to ANYONE. Any advice?




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Sub: #1 not too much advice but i was hospitalized in 2005. i was taken
Wed, 05/07/2008 - 21:59

not too much advice but i was hospitalized in 2005. i was taken by ambulance and was forced to go. Around late 2006, I recieved a letter stating that insurance won't pay because I went by choice (who signs up to go the hospital??) Anyway, I argued it and in the end, a year mark has passed and the hospital had to eat it. I have no idea how any of that worked though.. Could you ex husband call his insurance company to work it out? That's who I went through with my problem and it worked out ok..




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Sub: #2 bill
Wed, 05/07/2008 - 22:05

Well..............my ex is the type of person who says ' he'll get right on it', but...he never does. He's the type of person, if something doesn't benefit HIM, it doesn't get done. With my ex, is more of an 'ME,ME,ME' attitude.




bea2ls

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Sub: #3 oohhh, I understand 100%, I have an ex like that myself.. hmm..
Wed, 05/07/2008 - 22:08

oohhh, I understand 100%, I have an ex like that myself.. hmm.. this really doesn't sound right but I do not know laws well enough to really offer good advice.. to be honest, I am not sure if they can refuse treatments - i know hospitals have to treat anyone and everyone but maybe a doctor can refuse? I'm sorry - I really don't know.




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Sub: #4 Quote:I have 30 days to pay BOTH of them in full, or the Dr's of
Thu, 05/08/2008 - 00:45

Quote:
I have 30 days to pay BOTH of them in full, or the Dr's office will "refuse any treatment my son or I have." I don't think they can refuse treatment to ANYONE. Any advice?


Your doctor is not working in an ER, therefore, he can refuse future treatments.




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Sub: #5 You can be held responsible under the doctrine of necessities la
Thu, 05/08/2008 - 03:04

You can be held responsible under the doctrine of necessities law. Since this is a private doctor,they can refuse treatment. Your only real recourse is to pay the bill when you are presented with a full account history from doctor& then go after your ex for reimbursement.




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Sub: #6 sdchargers - I had this happen once in the past - we were told t
Thu, 05/08/2008 - 05:03

sdchargers - I had this happen once in the past - we were told that because we owed $150 that the insurance didn't pay (which we hadn't even gotten a statement of benefits from our insurance company on yet!) that the doctor would basically no logner be our doctor and would refuse to see us until we paid it.




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Sub: #7 Even some hospitals can refuse treatment and if it is an emergen
Thu, 05/08/2008 - 05:17

Even some hospitals can refuse treatment and if it is an emergency all they have to do is stabilize you and transfer you to another hospital. And the cost of the transfer is on you not the hospital.




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Sub: #8 FYI I went through that myself with my husband who is 30 yrs old
Thu, 05/08/2008 - 06:03

FYI I went through that myself with my husband who is 30 yrs older. He has several serious illnesses including Coronary artery disease. They basically are required to stabilize you after a heart attack and then send you home to die... not much caring in the medical realm. Sad but true.




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Thu, 05/08/2008 - 07:36

I thank everyone for their advice. I KNOW my ex won't take care of it. I just don't know what to do. What if my sin needs a physical for something, or just a 'check up'? OMG!! My ex has made my life a LIVING HELL!!




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