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What is the statute of limitations on billing a patient for medical services rendered? (I'm in California)

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California

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I think they reported the "delinquent" bill to a collections agency

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Details: I was charged for a medical service by a physician's office. I paid the last bill approx 6 months after the services were rendered. Then, more than 6 months after that (ie, 13 months after the original services provided) they sent me another bill.

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Lawyer: INFOLAWYER, Attorney replied 11 months ago

Contract based claims have a 4 year statute of limitations.

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§337; Is my reply fast and acceptable?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I appreciate the reply. But, what do you mean by "contract-based claims"?
Lawyer: INFOLAWYER, Attorney replied 11 months ago

a claim for payment for medical services.

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Lawyer: INFOLAWYER, Attorney replied 11 months ago

If my answer is acceptable and clearer kindly let me know.

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awaiting your reply, thanks.

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