Friday, April 3, 2009

everything's negotiable

I received a medical bill a few days ago. the bill was for 1400 dollars. I called them up and said I couldn't afford that. The billing lady said they would take 900 as payment in full if I put it on a credit card. Done.


Robin Edgar said...

That sounds somewhat bizarre.

I can't help but ask.

What's the catch?

ogre said...

Catch? No catch. That's a smaller discount than they (almost certainly) give large insurance schemes (word chosen very intentionally).

They're int he business of getting everything that they can, but making damned sure that they get. With the current economic climate, someone willing to cough up money... they're likely to take it. After all, there's still more profit margin in it than when they deal with the insurers.