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Where did this occur? You mention the American embassy, did this happen in another country?
This happened at The University of Chicago
My husband is from the UK
It was the UK Embassy that I was going to have to get involved.
Not the US. It was a typo
So it happened here in the US?
Yes in Chicago
OK, that makes more sense. Who told you they were going to waive the charges?
We were told by multiple people. When we first arrived and a nurse was speaking with him another nurse came over and asked me to fill out some paper work. I said at that time that we had no insurance and she said not to worry about it.
Then later we were assigned another woman who was a social worker and she said
that we did not have to worry about paying because he was a special case and that the hospital would take care of it for us because we were students with no insurance.
And a third time
when we were released the male nurse that made us sign the release papers
I asked him again about the bill and he said that there was none.
Is your question how to not have to pay the bill?
Yes it is. I do not believe that we should have to. We were told we would not be responsible for it. He was never even treated and is still ill as a result.
And we were in my opinion abused.
It was very traumatic.
The best way to get it waived is to have a local lawyer write them a letter explaining why you shouldn't have to pay the bill. They can set out what was done wrong and also that three people told you there would be no charge. They can also mention that your husband was never treated for the condition that brought you there.
You can write the letter yourself but it isn't as likely to get results.
Oh ok I see. I was thinking this may be a good idea. However I feel like this may be very expensive. Im not sure how to find a local lawyer to do this for cheap. We are only students.
And he can not work because he is not American.
You can also file a complaint with the state licensing board. Sometimes when you file these the medical provider will ask if you'll drop the complaint if they waive payment.
It should be extremely cheap, or even free, to get a lawyer to write the letter for you.
If there is a legal aid office in your town check with them but most lawyers won't charge much, if anything, for this.
Oh really? Do you think I should just look online for a lawyer and call them then?
You could also sue in small claims court, but that takes more time and effort than having the lawyer write them for you.
And tell them my situation?
Yes, that would be the best course of conduct.
And try legal aid first.
I will try the legal aid first.
It seems better.
Ok thanks for your advice.
You're very welcome and I certainly wish you the best. This should work out okay for you.
Really? I do hope so. If you think the letter from the lawyer will do the trick I will try that.
It should take care of the problem.
Great ok thanks again I appreciate it! :) Have a good evening.
To you as well.
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