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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Unfortunately, there are few options for medical debt. If this was outside your insurance network, then the hospital can demand payment later on. However, negotiation is recommended. One can offer to make payments piecemeal, or for a lesser amount, or both. Leverage such as stating that you are close to "bankruptcy" helps. Hospitals normally are happy to be paid even a portion of the outstanding debt, so negotiation is key.
If an agreement is struck, please remember that it must be in writing to be binding.
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