Summary of “How to Negotiate Down Your Hospital Bills”

Since Chamberlin Edmonds was offering only to help her find government insurance, for which Lockett did not qualify, the company wasn’t able to reduce her hospital bill or work out a payment plan.
Lockett assumed this meant she was at a dead end with her nearly $30,000 in hospital bills.
When one of the Georgia Watch representatives mentioned that the organization has a guide for people who wish to negotiate down their hospital bills, Lockett grabbed a copy.
Emory Healthcare told me it could not comment on individual patients, but added, “Patients will sometimes receive two bills for the same date of service: one bill for services rendered by the physician; the other for a hospital stay, supplies, services, and equipment provided. Emory Healthcare’s customer-service department works with patients to establish a mutually acceptable agreement for paying inpatient or outpatient bills.”
Read: Even the insured often can’t afford their medical bills.
She tried to negotiate down her bill, but she says the hospital, the ambulance company, and the ER doctors did not give her a discount.
She paid in full, not wanting the bills to affect her credit.
This practice makes financial sense for doctors, given how many people are unable to pay their bills.

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