I have an outstanding balance with my doctor; can he refuse to see me until income information for a repayment plan is provided?
I have an outstanding balance with my doctor and want to work out a payment plan but unless I provide information about my income he is not willing to work with me. He sent me a letter stating I had 30 days to pay the balance in full or he would no longer see me. Ten days later I received another letter from him stating that because he hadn't received payment yet I could not schedule any further appointments and that this had be sent to collections. What are my rights?
Doctors have no obligation to see patients who cannot or will not pay them. And any creditor--including a doctor whom you owe money to--is under no obligation to take anything less than payment in full; that means they can set any conditions on working out payment plans (such as seeing your income information), since it is purely voluntary on their part to work out such a plan. And creditors can send unpaid bills or debts to collections.
So in short, the doctor may refuse to see you; he can send you to collections; and he may put any terms he likes on a payment plan.