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Can a doctror deny a visit if you filed against him?

When we filed bankruptcy it included our doctor we owe $1,500.00. We said we would continue to make payments but they said they want half (which we do not have). I guess what I want to know is: Can they deny an office visit (every 6 month blood test)? Can't we just continue to make payments to him and not have to pay half? She said they write off a bankruptcy, and probably at tax time they get some break, but still if we are willing to make monthly payments why is that not good enough? I don't want my husband not to have access to him if we show up as a bankruptcy on their file.

Answer By Mark Markus
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus
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Your doctor can do whatever they want. Bankruptcy courts can't force them to see you as a patient, if that's what you're asking.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/21/2011

Law Office of Maureen O' Malley
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This is really 2 questions. First, the doctor cannot expect, demand, or request any payment from you. You may pay voluntarily, but if you were my client I'd recommend against out because the debt is so high. Second, the doctor could refuse to treat or you could agree to pay him the new charges after each future visit.

Answer Applies to: Virginia
Replied: 6/21/2011

Answer By Janet Lawson
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
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Is this doctor assigned to you by your insurance company? If so I would take it up the the administrator of your health plan. You may have to get a new doctor if you pay for him or her privately. This may also be a violation of the discharge injunction. You should consult with a local lawyer.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/21/2011

Answer By Gary Lee Lane
CONSUMER PROTECTION ASSISTANCE COALITION, INC. (DE).
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Unless emergency, which this is not, doctor can deny you.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/21/2011

Greifendorff Law Offices, PC
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If the debt was discharged in bankruptcy and the doctor refuses to treat the patient until the debt is paid, then the doctor is attempting to collect on a debt discharged in bankruptcy in violation of the discharge injunction preventing them from doing this. However, the doctor can refuse treatment if you don't pay for services at the doctors visit. So, the doc can say, Hey, we need payment in full for today's visit. They can never collect on that old debt though.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/21/2011

Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall
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A professional such as a doctor can deny service after a bankruptcy in the absence of a mutual agreement such as a reaffirmation.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/21/2011

Daniel Hoarfrost, Attorney at Law
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A doctor is not obligated to treat you after a bankruptcy.

Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 6/21/2011

Answer By Abel Fernandez
Diefer Law Group, P.C.
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A private business, including a doctor, can refuse service to anyone they want. So, yes, they can deny to see you.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/21/2011

Answer By David VanDyke
Bird & VanDyke, Inc.
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A doctor is nothing more than an individual who is selling a service. He or she can provide these services to anyone they want. They can also withhold their services from anyone they want as long as it is not for an illegal purpose. Eg. Discrimination based on race, sex etc.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/21/2011

Law Office of Lynnmarie A. Johnson
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Yes, the doctor can refuse to continue to treat you or your husband. A doctor's office is not generally legally obligated to take anyone they don't want to. The doctor has already lost $1500, if they would rather cut their losses than do a payment plan with you, that is up to them. Your bankruptcy discharged the debt so they cannot try and go after you for repayment, but they also do not have to see you any longer.

Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/21/2011

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