Medical debt for my father

My dad was here under a non immigrant visitor visa and had to be admitted to ER due to an emergency. We applied for charity care under his behalf and got 100% coverage for hospital bills. There s one bill from a private surgeon for $5000 who says he desn't participate in charity care. Since my dad lived with us during the time, he had to provide our address for the records. Now, they keep calling us with his debt. He has gone back to his country. Am I responsible for his debt? If they ask for his information, do I have to disclose it? What are my rights here? Because he was here on a visitor visa, can they force the debt on me?

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Dec 18, 2012
Medical debt for my father

You are not legally obligated to pay your father's medical debt unless you signed paperwork agreeing to be responsible. If you did not sign such paperwork, then the doctor cannot collect from you. And, you are under no obligation to provide the doctor with any information. Even if you do give the doctor your father's address, given that your father lives in another country, it will be virtually impossible for the doctor to collect from him.

Assuming you did not sign any paperwork agreeing to be responsible for your father's medical debt, I recommend that you write a letter to the doctor telling him/her that you do not want to be contacted again about your father's debt (reference the account # related to the debt in your letter.) Make a copy of the letter for your files and send the original certified mail with a return receipt requested. If you continue to have problems with the doctor, I recommend that you consult with an attorney next. Sometimes a letter written on an attorney's letterhead can get action when a letter from a non-attorney cannot. Good luck.

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