If I’m making payments on a hospital or doctor’s bill each month, can they turn me over to a collection agency?

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If I’m making payments on a hospital or doctor’s bill each month, can they turn me over to a collection agency?

Asked on October 22, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you have an agreement with the hospital or doctor, whereby they agree to the payment plan, then so long as you honor your obligations under that plan, they cannot take legal action against you.

However, if there is no agreement and you are simply sending in whatever you can, they may take action: you cannot determine for them what payment schedule is acceptable, and the fact that you are paying something does not, without an agreement, preclude them from taking action for the balance.


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