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Bankruptcy may help Ohio residents facing medical debt

Trying to pay for expensive medical treatment can be a difficult situation for Ohio residents. Some procedures may be necessary in order for ailments or injuries to be remedied, but the bills associated with the procedures could leave individuals facing considerable medical debt. Rather than forego future medical treatment in order to avoid accumulating further debt, individuals may wish to look into their options for handling the already accrued debt.

In some cases, parties may be able to reduce their medical bill by negotiating with hospitals. Some facilities may have programs that can be utilized in order to create a payment plan or reduce the total owed overall. The sooner such an option is taken advantage of, the better the chances may be for an overwhelming bill to be reduced.

Not all hospital bills can be reduced, however. In some cases, parties may be required to pay the entirety of their bills, which can sometimes be more than half or even all of an individual's yearly income. If individuals know that they will not be able to pay their bills and are facing balances, they may wish to consider filing for bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy may be considered a last resort by some, but that is not necessarily true. Qualified parties may be able to utilize this option to better their financial situations. For Ohio residents who believe they will not be able to pay off medical debt, bankruptcy could help them get out from under that burden. Information on qualifications and how bankruptcy can benefit individuals facing debt may shed light on a potential helpful option.

Source:, "4 Ways to Deal With Medical Debt", Nick Clements, April 29, 2015

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