I never tell anyone not to pay their doctor bills. But here are some things you should think about:
• If you have health insurance, it will pay your doctor. The health insurance company will want the money it pays your doctor back from you when you settle your lawsuit – that is called subrogation. But the insurance company will pay your doctor less, and will ask you for less, than your doctor would.
• When the lawsuit is settled, I often negotiate with doctors and hospitals to lower their bills. They do it a lot.
• It is one thing not to pay a hospital bill. The hospital will still probably take care of you when you come back for more treatment, even if you haven’t paid its bill. But it is very important to make your doctor happy; you have a personal relationship with him, and you want him to feel good about taking care of you. You want him to know that he will be paid.
I have been a lawyer over 30 years. I negotiate with doctors and hospitals all the time.
If you’re worried about paying your doctor bill, give me, a Cincinnati truck accident lawyer, a call. My phone is 513-621-4775.
Because all situations are different, and because there may be other facts pertaining to your case that I don’t know about, you should not rely on this answer for legal advice. I am not your attorney, and no lawyer client relationship has been formed. All discussions are limited to Ohio law unless otherwise indicated. And past performance cannot be used to predict future results.