If I was misdiagnosed a clinic and had to get a second opinion, can I get the first clinic to drop the bill?

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If I was misdiagnosed a clinic and had to get a second opinion, can I get the first clinic to drop the bill?

I was misdiagnosed and subsequently mistreated at a clinic. When I asked the office manager if he would drop the bill he said no because no attorney would take my case since the bill total was $101. The second opinion and correct treatment cost me around $200, do I have any recourse?

Asked on February 9, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Missouri

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you were misdiagnosed at the first clinic for your medical condiiton resulting in a bill at that one and at the second clinic where you also got a charge but also were correctly diagnosed, you can request the first clinic to write off its bill to you.

However, I doubt it will (nor is it obligated to) in that medicine is not a precise science. It is a system of trials and errors. I suggest that you ask for a reduction in the first clinic's bill and then see what happens for you to decide what you will do in paying it or not.


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