Unless you have a written agreement with them detailing a payment plan, they are under no obligation to accept any amount of money you send them - they are entitled to be paid in full. Period. If you don't, they can send it to collections. Clearly, being reported as a delinquent debtor in collections will damage your score - the extent? No way to know - pull a report with a score and find out.
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Do you have an installment payment program in writing with the hospital? Have you been incurring additional bills?
There is little question you credit score will be effected by the referrals to collections.
If you have further questions call. If you are making a payment agreement you should have it reviewed by an attorney prior to signing.
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I agree that you should pull a credit report. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com to do so. Its the website that is endorsed by the US and its free. Be weary of any "pay to pull" websites.
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It will likely affect your credit score. Feel free to message me and I might be able to put you in touch with an attorney in your state who can help to determine if the collectors have violated your rights, as well as the creditor.
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Medical bills are usually due all at once, before the date indicated on the invoice. You may choose to pay them little by little, however, the hospital is under no obligation to defer sending you to a collection agency despite the partial payments. This will certainly affect your credit score and only the credit bureaus can tell you the extent of damage that has been done. I advise that you enter into a settlement negotiation or payment plan with the hospital or the collection agency. Bankruptcy is also an option to eliminate the bills if you can no longer handle them.