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Author: xtn Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 308724  
Subject: Re: Medical Bill Date: 3/9/2009 10:07 AM
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wasmick -

Your point that a patient is not under any obligation to sign that release as-is is well taken, but is not of value in this discussion. The OP isn't you, and unless we are told otherwise I believe it is safe to assume he signed it as-is. Most people probably do.

Your point that the Dr's office deals with the insurance company for their own interests instead of as a favor the the patient is also well taken. You're absolutely most probably right. Still it doesn't change my point. They aren't under any obligation to do it and the patient who signed the release as-is is legally - and morally - on the hook.

Sorry my post was inaccurate enough for you to jump all over the details that were immaterial to the basic point.

xtn
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