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Upon returning home from our vacation last week, we were greeted by a ‘seriously overdue’ medical bill stemming from one of my kids’ visits to the doctor a few months ago. Somehow this bill managed to slip through the cracks, and we were probably about a week away from having a $6.50 charge sent out for collection. What a bummer that would have been. Anyway, I called the business office this morning and got everything taken care of. The frustrating thing is that this bill was from the same medical center where I had my wisdom teeth extracted, and they’ve been sitting on close to $700 of ours for the past seven months. But can I send their debt out for collection? No, of course not. I had to fight with them for months before they relented, and I’m now still waiting for the refund check. Very frustrating — and because they bill for each patient separately, rather than having a single account for our family, this charge didn’t just go against the credit that I’ve had on my account.