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first of all: i was on holydays in USA.
i had and emergency visit because something was wrong with my ear (when i was 6 years old i had a very complicated surgery).
they couldn’t say much about my problems e they suggested me to go to a specialist.
obviously i had no insurace.
a few days later i had a bil of 500 dollars to hear them say, in a very simple and short visit : sorry but we don’t know what’s going on with your eardrum…and i replyed : of course you didn’t notice that i don’t have one.

i didn’t pay.
and after a few days i left usa.
what will happend to me?
i am italian
what you mean when you talk about my “credit”?
mrsdeli… i know what you mean…but i can assure you that they did not spend more than 5 minutes looking into my ear and they did not use any kind of instrument…they can’t ask of 500$ for 5 minutes of visit (of which 150 only for the physician who was a generic one).
when you broke a leg you mut be visited by an orthopedic not a cardiologist..
“They will likely pass the debt to an office in Italy for collections”
very unlikely…in italy it’s free (so:no colletors) and they did not ask for any address, telephone number…


5 Thoughts on i haven’t paid the hospital bill!!!?
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    February 23, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Nothing, they might garnishing your checks one day though.

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    February 23, 2013 at 2:33 am

    After the hospital spends time and resources to send you to collection and still not getting their money, it will be written off as a bad debt. Whether they knew what was wrong with you or not, they still provided a service and should be paid.

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    February 23, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I’m not exactly sure, b/c you’re not American but if I were you I’d appeal the bill legally. I know here if you don’t set up a payment plan it can ruin your credit. Good luck!

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    February 23, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Yes, they CAN ask for $ 500 for an emergency room evaluation. And they do. You picked the very most expensive way to have someone look at your ear to determine if you had an ear infection. You didn’t have an infection. End of story.

    They have a “collections” office. They will do their best to collect the money from you – it’s a debt, and it’s due. They will likely pass the debt to an office in Italy for collections. It could affect your ability to travel into the US until it gets paid off.

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    Lori S
    February 23, 2013 at 4:19 am

    The hospital must have asked for some type of address-perhaps a local address where you were staying? Anyway, they will attempt to bill that address. It will go to collections, but a collection agency is not going to go out of their way to collect a $ 500 bill, especially if they find out that you are an Italian national. So the hospital will be out the charges. Thank goodness nothing major happened during your holiday. Did you have any travel insurance just in case? If not, I would highly recommend it in the future. Especially since your coverage in Italy does not extend outside of the country.

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