I had a urgent care medical office last night require me to pay an old balance from 2002 which was discharged in a chapter 7 BK. They would not see me if I did not pay this bill then an now. I have argued with them and they still made me pay it. I have spoken to the business office on several occasions and they still demanded payment. Can I sue
As long as they did not seek to collect the debt in other fashion, they can refuse to treat you until you paid the old debt. If you did not want to pay that old debt you were free to seek treatment elsewhere. Would be different if they sent you bills for that old debt or sought to collect the debt without your having come to see them for new treatment.
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They can refuse to see you as a patient. They cannot force you to pay the old debt.
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Because of the discharge injuction, they would be prohibitted from attempting to collect for the discharged debt. However, they are within their rights to refuse treatment unless you agree to pay the discharged debt. I would go see a different doctor.
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