Over the last couple of years, I’ve really embraced the idea of paying our bills online. Nowadays, you can pay just about anything online, and if the recipient can’t accept an electronic payment, most banks will simply print a check and mail it to them on your behalf. While I’ve never had problems with paying bills in this way, a couple of recent medical bills that we’ve received got me to wondering… Both bills had something along the lines of the following printed on them:
To ensure that your payment is credited properly, please enclose the bottom portion of this bill in the envelope provided.
I’ve never really worried about this, as you can specify the account number when you set up the payment, and this info gets printed into the memo field. That being said, it does seem more likely that things could go awry if they received a check sans the bill itself. Have any of you had trouble with payments of this sort being credited improperly (or not at all)?