Never received medical bills, attorney sends demand for over $8000

by Need help!
(Texas)

I saw a chiropractor over two years ago for 4 months. He was a preferred provider and I was to only pay $20 copay for acceptable treatments. When he started giving me treatments I was sure were not going to be paid, I asked not to recieve it, he always said, "don't worry, your insurance will cover it." Staff never gave me an itemized bill, doc always said my insurance company is real good, etc. He also talked me into a costly test that he said would be paid for completely. I told him it wasn't covered. he said not to worry, that basically he had a deal with the actual provider of the test and everything would be paid. When I got my EOB for thousands of dollars for this procedure, I called him and asked, "what's up with this? you said I wouldn't have to pay a dime!" He said, "don't worry, you won't." Two years later, I never received ANY bills and now I get a letter from his collection attorney stating I owe almost $8500!! And if I didn't pay, he would sue me! Not only did this happen to me, but also to a friend that I referred to him and she referred him to another person. We're all in the same boat, but they haven't gotten the letter yet as it's not quite two years since they saw him yet. Is this legal?

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Apr 26, 2010
Chiropractor Trying to Collect
by: Mary

Thanks for submitting your debt collection question on our Q&A page.

Sounds like you may not have been dealing with a totally reputable chiropractor. That said, I suggest you contact a local consumer law attorney with experience in debt collection cases, or call the Collection Complaint Hotline at 888-711-5183 for a free, confidential case evaluation. Your friend ought to do the same thing.

Please share what happens with your situation in the comments section for this question. We are very interested in hearing how this turns out for you, and your experience can help others who are struggling with debt collectors.

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