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Ways to tackle medical debt

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Going through an illness or suffering from an injury can be stressful in itself. But knowing that the treatment that you are gaining is causing you to acquire a mountain of debt can be enough to affect your mental health and your enjoyment of life.

No one should have to suffer crippling debts simply because they needed medical services, but unfortunately, this can occur if your insurance was not sufficient. It is a good idea to look into your options for tackling this debt so that you are able to relieve yourself of the financial burden and move forward with your life.

Consider medical bill advocacy

Medical fees can be extremely complex; therefore, the amount that you are said to owe can be disputed. Some people gain medical bill advocacy to help them challenge the charges they have been subject to.

Look into income-driven hardship plans

If you have a low income, you may qualify for an income-driven hardship plan that will help you create a manageable repayment plan over a period of time.

Be prepared to negotiate

You may want to try negotiating with your medical provider if you do not want to pay the entire amount. They would rather receive some payment rather than no payment; therefore, in certain situations, this strategy can be effective.

If none of these strategies work for you or if you have debts that extend beyond medical bills, you may want to consider the benefits of filing for bankruptcy. Some people are able to wipe away their medical bills by filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.