I asked this question before and got no answer...I will try again. I wrote a check to pay a doctor's bill. The amount was given to me over the phone and no bill was sent. On the face of the check I wrote ''paid in full for office visit 6/15/07'' I also included the diagnostic code and procedure code that were that were given to me. Now 3 months later I received a bill for for another $66. Does the ''paid in full'' have any meaning at this point?
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Re: doctors bill
It would depend on a lot of factors, including any prior agreements you had with the Doctor, if an agreement to charge a contracted insurance rate was given, if the bill was accident related, and so on. Generally, simply writing "paid in full" or words to the like is not dispositive, but more factors are needed.
Re: doctors bill
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Marking paid in full does not determine whether or not payment in full has been received. If there is an outstanding balance, you are responsible for the amount. Having said that, you should call the doctor's office and speak with the office manager or doctor and explain the situation. Based on the delay, they might be willing to write off the balance or take a lesser amount.
Scott R. Jay, Esq.