Is a Minor responsible to pay medical bills his father didn't pay?

by Ms. Lee

While a child, a young man received an emergency appendectomy but his father never paid the bills. Now, at age 18 the bills are somehow transferred into his name and he is unable to receive medical care as this "bad debt" is showing up and he's being told he must pay it. He lives in MI. What are the laws in MI regarding this? It was not an elective surgery, nor did he sign for it as a child. What are his rights?

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We aren't attorneys and can't offer legal advice, but generally debts against minors aren't enforceable. However, with regard to the debt appearing on his credit reports, he'll need to consult a consumer law attorney for specific advice as to whether the medical provider or collection agency is breaking any laws here.

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