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Collection Agencies In Health Care

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How long do you feel that a healthcare organization should work accounts internally before turning them over to a professional collection agency? Explain your answer.

Is using collection agencies ethical in healthcare?

Do you feel that health care organizations should charge interest on accounts owed to the hospital? Why or why not?

What do you think is likely to happen to cost shifting under U.S. healthcare reform?

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How long to work accounts internally?

I believe that accounts should be worked internally indefinitely and never turned over to collection agencies. I understand that this may pose many problems and place a great deal of financial burden on the hospital, but turning bills over to collection agencies can also have serious consequences for the patient. Many patients that would not have the money to pay for their health care services are likely uninsured or underinsured. They are likely already financially strapped so turning them over to a collection agency would only hurt their credit and financial situation. Instead of turning over to collection agencies, medical providers should work with patients and help them with payment plans. If a patient can get on a payment plan that is reasonable for them the hospital would ...

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The expert determines how long does the healthcare organization should work accounts internally before turning them over to a professional collection agency. Whether using collection agencies ethical in healthcare are determined.

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