Hire an attorney to negotiate the bill to a reasonable amount. Many of us offer a free initial phone consultation and can offer a strategy to try to get the medical facility to lower their bill.
It sounds like you need to negotiate with the hospital and tell them you spoke with the doctor who performed the surgery and indicated if they knew you didn’t have insurance the bill would be $5000. Agree to pay the $5000 as a suggested reasonable price by the doctor. Since you didn’t have insurance, otherwise it will end up in the courtroom
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