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Old 11-23-2009, 03:21 PM
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I need to make a payment arrangement with my doctors office for a $600 bill. Does anyone know what an average term would be for a payment arrangement? 3 months? 6 months? 12 months?
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Old 11-23-2009, 08:44 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
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I don't know the average length but I bet if you call them up and try to arrange something, they will work with you.
Just tell them your situation and they try to work with you.

Good luck!!
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Old 11-25-2009, 08:20 PM
Location: Dallas TX
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I have had a variety of terms worked out with doctors. As long as you are paying a little bit a month they usually seem very happy with the effort.
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Old 11-28-2009, 03:06 AM
Location: California
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This reminds me of a time when I had some extensive dental work done and my portion of the bill came to almost $1000. I didn't know what to do because I didn't have that kind of money so I just sent them $100. The next month they rebilled me for the full amount less the $100 so I sent them ANOTHER $100. This went on for a couple months then they sent me a bill with a notation on it that said "professional discount" and credited me $200! That left me with a manageable balance so I paid the whole thing off. I never did talk to anyone in the office to ask if I could make partial payment (better to ask forgiveness than permission, haha) but it worked out for me. I suspect they just wanted to get me off the books!

I went to that dentist for 25 years so I suppose they knew I was good for it.
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:57 AM
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It took us 5 years to pay off our first child and this was to a hospital. I think we paid $10 a week.

They hassled me for more but I told them that was the amount I KNEW I could commit too vs some other amount they made up that would constantly leave me scrambling. They gave in and the bill got paid; each payment on time.
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