People in Mississippi have often been taught to appropriately respect health care professionals and those who support them. This respect may be warranted in many cases but should not prevent a person from making sure they fully understand the bills they receive from doctors, labs, hospitals or other providers and facilities. In fact, careful review of these bills may expose inaccuracies that could otherwise contribute to excessive and inappropriate debt for patients.

As explained by Forbes, it is sadly not uncommon for medical bills to be incorrect. Some of the incorrect billings that occur may be due to honest mistakes such as the transposition of digits in a medical billing code. Other incorrect billings, however, might be the result of fraudulent activity on the part of a doctor or other medical business or biller.

Patients should feel empowered to take matters into their own hands and never pay a medical bill that they do not understand without first getting all of the details for that bill. They should call to request full details of all bills and then document calls with follow up written correspondence. It may also be possible to negotiate alternative payment plans or even amounts due by talking with billing offices.

If you would like to learn more about how you can get help when faced with an insurmountable level of debt due to medical bills, please feel free to visit the health care costs and financial challenges page of our Mississippi debt relief and bankruptcy website.