If you are suffering from piles of unpaid medical bills, rest assured that there are ways to assist you in dealing with your medical debt. What you need to be aware of, is that if you have unpaid medical debt, this can, and will, affect your credit score, which may become vital if you need to purchase a house or car. Below you will find some tips in tackling your unpaid bills.

Thoroughly Examine Your Medical Bills

Review your current unpaid bills and determine which ones are immediate payments required. If you notice an error on your bill, such as for a test or procedure that never occurred, make sure you contact the billings department to remove that item from your bill.

Get Health Insurance

Private health insurance will cover the majority of the procedures and tests you have been through during your hospital stay. However, realize that under certain plans, specific doctors and hospitals may be required in order for you to be covered. If you need to visit a doctor or hospital that is not under your plan, make sure you contact your insurance company prior to seeking assistance with these professionals to determine if you will need to pay out of pocket expenses.

Usually if you can obtain a job, or you are part of a union, Medical Insurance will be offered to you and sometimes an employer may pay all of it or part of your health insurance. If you qualify as low income you, and you cannot find a job, then you can always apply for Medicaid. Don't hope for a national health care plan, use what is at your discretion now.

Resolve Unpaid Medical Bills That Health Insurance Will Not Pay

Hospitals may have medical debt help programs to assist you in settling unpaid medical bills if you do not have health insurance. You may be able to reduce your expenses by 25% by enrolling in these hospital-based programs.

Enroll in a Payment Plan

Depending on your hospital or doctor’s office, you may be able to establish a payment plan where you pay a certain amount over a course of months in order to pay off your debt. Make sure that the amount of money that you set forth to pay each month is affordable and that you are not further setting yourself into debt. Speak to those in the Billings department and Accounts Payable in your hospital or physician’s office to determine if you are able to begin a payment plan. This way you can reduce your debt in a way that is appropriate for you.

Obtain a Bank Loan

One way to consolidate debts (and reduce them because of high interest rates) is to open a bank loan. This will be able to assist you in paying your unpaid medical bills. If your credit score is high, you may be even able to obtain a bank loan with a low interest rate or interest free for a certain period of time. Additionally, and should really be the last choice, is placing your bills on a credit card. If you are able to pay off your credit card, then this is a good option. However, do not place your bills on a credit card if you are only going to deepen your debt, as this will ultimately affect your credit score.

Receive Government Assistance

Hospitals are affiliated with city and state organizations to assist you with your unpaid medical bills. You may be able to receive information from your billing’s department to determine if you are eligible for government assisted funds. Eligibility is generally determined by amount of debt owed as well as your annual income.

For additional assistance regarding unpaid medical bills, please visit medicaldebthelp.com for more tips to reduce your medical debt.

Author's Bio: 

Jen Moreal is a former Medical billing expert and writer at MedicalDebtHelp, LLC. If you are searching for additional information on resolving unpaid medical bills visit MedicalDebtHelp.com today.