Medical collections agencies have a variety of options available to them in collecting unpaid medical bills. They can hire private individuals, institutions, or the government to recover overdue bills that they can then distribute to patients who are delinquent on their bills. Here’s a look at the collection services offered by these agencies.
Medical Collections Agencies – The basic services
Some of the basic services offered by a medical collections agency include: debt collectors, letters of demand, and collection companies. The collection companies are the ones responsible for contacting the patients in order to collect their bills. When a collection company is hired, they will contact each patient individually and get payment arrangements from them. In most cases, the patient will be asked to make the entire payment at once, so the collection agent will have an immediate effect on the amount of money being collected. However, some collections agents may allow patients to pay the entire amount at once or allow payments to be spread out over a longer period of time.
In order for a collection agent to be successful, they must collect the money owed as soon as possible. They may not have much patience, and can often be impatient with those that do not get back to them quickly enough. If a patient is paying late fees that they should have paid before filing the claim, they will be in danger of losing the entire settlement.