CALL NOW!
FREE PHONE/VIRTUAL CONSULTATION

The Dangers of Florida Seniors Acquiring Credit for Medical Bills

It may not be newsworthy to read that many Florida seniors live on a fixed income. However, how that admittedly obvious fact is affecting seniors faced with mounting medical bills may be worth mentioning. These days, it seems simple for seniors on a fixed income to pay medical and dental bills through loans and/or credit cards. This may work in the short run, but in the end, it can cause significant problems.

When sitting in a doctor’s office or a hospital room in need of medical care, hearing that it is possible to pay medical expenses over time can be enticing. Medical professionals receive full payment at the time of service, and the patient will be able to make smaller payments on that debt. Many medical credit cards even offer a period where no interest will accrue on the balance.

However, not many people — especially those on a fixed income — may be able to pay off the entire balance within the zero interest time period. This means that, ultimately, the patient is going to be hit with interest that can range anywhere from 25 to 30 percent. Further, missing even one payment can result in exorbitant late fees.

What started as a win-win situation for both doctor and patient can rapidly become financial quicksand for the patient. Some Florida seniors find themselves filing for bankruptcy protection as a means of responsibly dealing with large amounts of medical bills paid for by medical credit cards and loans. There may not be an easy answer regarding how to make healthcare more affordable, but there are options that are worth exploring for those whose medical bills have simply become unmanageable.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, Medical debt snares more retirees, Matthew Heimer, Oct. 14, 2013

Archive

Video Testimonials

Tampa Bankruptcy Law Blog

6 Things You Can Do to Make Filing for Bankruptcy Easier

Bankruptcy is often a confusing and scary process. It can be very overwhelming to face the prospect of declaring bankruptcy,...
Read More

4 Great Bankruptcy Resources for People Struggling Financially

Filing for bankruptcy can be a daunting process, but there are many bankruptcy resources available to help you through it....
Read More

6 More Things You Should Know About Bankruptcy

When you’re considering bankruptcy, it can help to know what to expect. Understanding the bankruptcy tricks and tips available to...
Read More

How to Take Control of Your Financial Situation

Do you want to learn how to take control of your financial situation? Does it feel as if your spending...
Read More

What Can I Do If I’m Being Harassed by Creditors?

Struggling with financial problems is bad enough. It gets a lot worse if you’re being harassed by creditors. What is...
Read More

Can I File for Bankruptcy without an Attorney?

The short answer to this question is yes, you can file for bankruptcy without the help of an attorney. However,...
Read More

Can Bankruptcy Improve the Health of Your Marriage?

Marriage and money problems go hand in hand. Financial problems cause everything from minor squabbles to full-blown marriage-ending fights within...
Read More

5 Common Budgeting Mistakes Newlyweds Make and How to Avoid Them

Budgeting mistakes are common, especially when you’re young. Not all newlyweds are young adults, but many first-time marriages do involve...
Read More

When Should Married Couples File for Bankruptcy Together?

There's no easy answer to the question of timing when it comes to bankruptcy. In some cases, it may make...
Read More

Can Your Spouses Debt Force You Into Bankruptcy?

If you're married and your spouse has a lot of debt, you may be wondering if that debt can force...
Read More

Bankruptcy

For The Next 5 Days GET A FREE BOOK About Bankruptcy

Learn More

Infographics

We are A Debt Relief Agency.
We help people file for bankruptcy under the Bankruptcy Code

Pay Online Bankruptcy Courses Newsletter Subscription

NACBA Logo avvo1 avvo2 avvo3 LEA BBB Logo

Call For A Free Initial Consultation

813.254.5696

Tampa Office

Law Offices of Robert M. Geller, P.A.
807 West Azeele Street
Tampa, FL 33606
T: (813) 254-5696
T: (800) 853-7549
F: (813) 253-3405

Map And Directions

St. Petersburg Office

Law Offices of Robert M. Geller, P.A.
125 5th Street South
(Wells Fargo Financial Center)
2nd Floor, Suite G
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
T: (727) 532-3939

Map And Directions

Pasco Office

23526 State Road 54
Lutz, FL 33559
T: (813) 336-2320

Map And Directions