Doctors and insurance companies often have arrangements in which the services are provided at reduced fees in exchange for immediate payment. This is also the case with Medicare. After treating accident victims, many hospitals and doctors would prefer to bill for the full cost of care over the reduced reimbursement offered by Medicare. A doctor or care provider may request to collect payment directly from your accident settlement. However, you should never comply with such a request if you want to protect your settlement, advises a California injury lawyer.
Allowing the cost of care to be deducted from your settlement could compromise the amount of compensation you receive. Without the adjustment that would be made for an insurer, your medical bills may consume a large portion-if not all-of your settlement money.
You have the right to have Medicare pay for your injury-related medical expenses. Although you will have to reimburse Medicare once your case is resolved, rules governing the amount that can be collected will protect your settlement.
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