Is a bill over a year later legal?
I had to go to the emergency room because I was having trouble breathing. When I arrived I explained that I had no insurance and they offered an option to pay about $850 (I believe) for the service. I started to feel better just after I was admitted, so I signed the sheet saying I was leaving against their advice, and went home. A month or so later I got a bill for the bloodwork, which I paid in installments, even though I never received the results. Over a year later, I received another bill for over $720. Since I had already paid the hospital I called and disputed. The lady said ok, and she would pass it on to her supervisor. Now, another few years later I am receiving a letter from a debt collection agency. I am sending a written dispute, but what am I supposed to do? I never even actually saw a doctor. The debt collector says that the bill is for the doctor whom I never saw's time and if there was even a nurse present then it is valid. I believe the timeline was summer 2008 for the hospital, 2009 for the first bill, and now 2011 for the debt collection.