Ask Andy: Get a grip on your hospital bill - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported By Andy Wise

Ask Andy: Get a grip on your hospital bill

Sometimes, your hospital bill can dish out more pain than what put you there in the first place.

A few weeks ago, I reported on Ask Andy about the most common hospital bill blunders.  Here's a link to that report:

http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=9490661

Look out for those during your next hospital stay.  Jim Tehan, a credit expert with www.myvesta.org, also has these suggestions:

KEEP A NOTEBOOK by your bed.  Jot down -- or ask a friend or relative to write down -- the doctors' names, the names of the medications and the types of services you receive. You're essentially building a checklist you can use to hold the hospital accountable.

* Request an ITEMIZED BILL. See if it matches your notebook. Look for the mistakes.

* If you have trouble paying, NEGOTIATE. Tehan says most hospitals will work with you. Some may even agree to a no-interest payment plan.

DON'T OVERPROMISE what you can pay. It's better to be honest -- or else you're facing down a collection agency.


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