Negotiating Lower Amounts on Your Medical Bills
All medical bills can be negotiated. Period. If you cannot get satisfaction from the billing office of the provider, here are some other resources.
Your Local Medical Society
The local or state medical society will often have a reasonably honest mediation service for billing disputes. Go here for a list of medical society ethics committees that cover these issues:
NOTE: It’s a waste of time to ask the local or state medical society to investigate a quality of care complaint. They have no power to do anything and are likely to side with the providers. They are, after all, membership societies whose members include the person you are complaining about.
A Commercial Billing Service
A service like Insnet will do billing advocacy and negotiation for about a third of the ultimate savings. Other companies, like Medical Billing Advocates of America, can help with bill review.
Here is a good article in the New York Times on reviewing and negotiating medical bills.
And a blog at the NY Times that has valuable comments from consumers:
Consult with an Experienced Malpractice Attorney
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