I'm only 19 and supporting myself, so I don't really have much money, but I was forced to make several ER visits over the winter due to a long sickness. My total bills are probably around $500, and I just started getting collection notices, so I paid the ones I've gotten, but I can't afford to pay them all yet. But I am going to need to see a doctor again pretty soon - will they turn me down because of my debts?
Typically, a physician would not do a credit check on an individual. As the above poster said, I also think that the er would have to see you legally. Have you thought about checking out the "doc-in-a-box" type office. Those are the offices where you don't make appointments. They are pretty cheap and you can get lucky with the dr's. The physician I see has his own practice plus he works at one of those types of places. It's interesting to see the difference between his costs at the clinic and when I see him at his practice.
I live in Nj and the CVS hee has something called the Minute Clinic. It is like an urgent care office and the prices are much lower than a doctors office. Here is the website http://www.minuteclinic.com/en/USA/
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