A negative medical debt credit history can follow you around like a bad penny. It may even affect you when trying to buy a house.

Mortgage lenders will consider your debt to income ratio, your credit score, and other factors when evaluating your application. The amount you owe doctors, dentists and hospitals do not help your cause.


What happens if you do not pay dental, doctor, or hospital bills? The consequences are minor at first as providers often wait for the insurance company to process claims.

However, the fallout escalates once the provider refers your account to collections. Hits to your credit score and/or lawsuits can follow quickly.


Former patients and the families have two choices when attempting to consolidate unpaid medical bills.

First, debt relief programs combine your payments into a single escrow account. The companies use the accumulated balance to make a settlement offer.

Second, lenders may approve a new loan that allows you to pay off dentists, doctors, or hospitals. Repay the lender over time with installment payments.


May patients are surprised by the amounts still owed after health insurance pays the doctor or hospital bills. In-network cost-sharing features such as deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance add up quickly.

The size of balance bills from out-of-network providers are often a shock. New laws may help you to fight back.


One of the biggest challenges of obtaining a debt consolidation loan for unpaid medical bills is that they frequently appear on your consumer report. Once there, they often suppress your credit score, which makes it very difficult to qualify.

A settlement program does not have a minimum credit score requirement and may prove a better option if your history is already tainted.


Find what limited resources are available in your state for financial assistance if you are having difficulty paying medical bills, or need income support while taking unpaid leave from work.

Private companies, government agencies, and charitable organizations offer more than 50 different programs that can help patients with prescription drug costs and more.


It would be nice if old medical debt would just go away after a set period of time. It seems unfair that a person with health problems should suffer a second financial penalty.

State laws regarding the statute of limitations, bankruptcy, and the estate issues upon the death of the person offer different levels of relief. Learn your legal rights.


Negotiating a lower settlement on your unpaid medical and hospital bills in collections will save you far more money than taking out a consolidation loan. Try this avenue first.

Combining your obligations into one payment and stretching out the terms does not reduce your obligations. Origination fees and interest charges only serve to make it grow.