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Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
I am a 33 y/o white male with a history of testicular cancer treated with chemotherapy followed by lymph node dissection. I have been in remission since Dec. 1993. At the onset of my disease, I did not have insurance and was treated as an indigent patient. Currently, I am left with a large number of unpaid bills. I would like to obtain information/advice in the following areas:
I would appreciate any comment or information.
Many hospitals and physician offices have policies and/or funds set aside to assist indigent patients with outstanding bills. We suggest that you make arrangements to personally discuss your circumstance with both the hospital's and physician's business offices. In many cases, hospitals and physicians are very willing to work out significant discounts and/or very reasonable long term payment arrangements. In attempting to negotiate a discount, we suggest you use the amount that they would have received through your state's Medicaid program as the target. In addition, if you received coverage through your state's Medicaid program, then both physicians and hospitals are subject to certain restrictions regarding the collection of fees over and above the amount paid by Medicaid. These restrictions will vary by state, and we suggest you contact your state's medicaid office to determine the applicable policy.
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