How to Dispute a Hospital Bill
A visit to the hospital involves a great
deal of paperwork before admittance.
Unfortunately, there is much more after the
visit is over. You will receive an
Explanation of Benefits and bills from
radiologists, doctors and hospitals.
Mistakes in amounts of supplies used, the
type of room that you occupied, or the
number of days in the hospital, can cause
hospital costs to rise even higher. If you
find mistakes on your bill, you can dispute
them. Read on to learn how to dispute
Compare the bill to your records. Check
the number of days you were charged for,
the number of hours in surgery, the
number of doctors in the room and the
procedures done. List everything that
doesn't match your records.
Call the insurance company when you find
an error. The insurance company has more
at stake than you do, because they pay
most of the cost. They will speak
directly to the hospital.
Contact the hospital if they still
refuse to change the bill. Don't contact
the hospital directly, but write to the
address provided on the bill under
"billing inquiries." Send them a notice
in writing that you are contesting the
bill and the reasons why.
Send your letter by certified mail with
return receipt so you can prove the
hospital received it. Wait for the
hospital's response in writing.
File a complaint the consumer protection
agency or the Attorney General's office
of your state if the hospital is not
responsive. The National Association of
Attorneys General provides a list of