Aggressive Medical Debt Collectors

: Chris Lee Law Firm

  Filed under: Medical Debt

medical debtDebt collectors are notorious for their persistent and hard line approach to collecting on what is owed. Although medical debt is a large contributor for the debt burden and bankruptcy filings among many Americans, most of their tactics have been fairly subdued, until now. One of the nation’s largest collectors of medical debts is being accused of aggressive and inappropriate collection tactics.

Not So Well Wishes

Hospital patients waiting in an emergency room or recovering after a surgery are required to put with the doctors and nurses doing constant well checks on their condition. However, many patients have begun to experience something far more annoying, a debt collector at their bedside. Accretive Health is being investigated by the Minnesota attorney general for reportedly visiting patients while in the hospital to discuss their impending medical debts.

Sometimes disguising themselves as hospital employees, some debt collectors have gone so far as to demand full payment of services before the patient was even treated for their condition or illness. Further problems arise in allegations of privacy violations when debt collectors accessed health information in order to persuade patients into paying their overdue bills. Although no formal charges have been brought against Accretive Health as of yet, investigation is expected to continue to determine if such actions violate the Fair Debt Collection and Practices Act.

 

 


Are you a candidate for bankruptcy?
Would you like to find out if bankruptcy is the right option for you? Try our Free Online Bankruptcy Evaluation. 4 easy steps to see if bankruptcy could be the right option for you!
  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
Please Select Each Box That Applies To You
Creditor Harassment
Loss of Income
Foreclosure
Disability or Illness
Current Expenses
Auto Loans
Credit Cards
Medical Bills
Payday Loans
Do you have any additional information you would like to share?
Contact Information