By Woodrow Wilcox

A client from Highland, Indiana asked for help.

She got a bill for $477.13 from a hospital in Lake County, Indiana. I checked with the client’s insurance company and learned that the bill had been processed by Medicare and by her insurance company and that the bill was PAID IN FULL.

So, I wrote a polite letter to the hospital which explained how and why the bill was paid in full. I typed and sent the letter on November 17, 2008. A month later, our client received a FINAL DEMAND letter from the hospital dated December 17, 2008.

The client sent that letter to me and I mailed and faxed a letter to the hospital billing department to remind them of the facts and get the bill marked paid with a balance of zero.

Such billing problems are common. In past articles, I have estimated that Medicare billing problems caused by Medicare, hospitals, doctor offices, and laboratories cost senior citizens on Medicare at least ONE BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR IN FALSE CHARGES.

I believe that when hospitals, doctors, laboratories, and other medical service providers mess up on billing matters or refuse to follow the rules, fines should be imposed which get the attention of the owners. Why should senior citizens be harassed or punished for billing problems caused by Medicare or medical service providers?

Note: Woodrow Wilcox works on Medicare medical billing problems for clients of Senior Care Insurance Services which is one of the largest senior citizen oriented insurance agencies in the Midwest. You can read other articles by Woodrow Wilcox by visiting

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