Date Received: 2017-10-13T00:00:00

Product: Medical debt

Issue: Communication tactics

Consumer Consent Provided to Share Complaint: Consent provided

Consumer Complaint: In XXXX, XXXX this company called me requesting I pay a debt. Immediately recognizing the debt that I had been trying to get resolved with my insurance company and previous employer I informed them of the situation. My employer neglected to add my son onto my insurance after he was born, they admitted fault to this. Then the hospital who owned the debt billed the wrong insurance company, again they admitted their fault in this. Meanwhile I was in contact with my insurance, XXXX hospital, and the collection agency almost constantly.

After everything was finally billed correctly I was left with a balance of roughly {$1600.00}, this was in XXXX, XXXX. I had to scrape by to find a way to pay the company this so on the morning of XXXX XXXX, XXXX I called them prepared to pay this bill in full at which point they informed me that because I had taken so long to pay I know owed over {$500.00} in interest. I was shocked and in tears and tried to reason with them that this is not something I can afford. I had been in constant contact with them for months and they knew the situation and never once had they disclosed interest.

After being transferred from XXXX XXXX who has verbally made me feel uncomfortable and threatened many times XXXX to her supervisor she berated me with a condescending tone, uncaring that the fees she had charged were never disclosed at any point as a possibility. She decided to lower the interest by about {$80.00} dollars. Eager to get her and her cronies out of my life, I paid in full.

I understood that at some point I would need to pay this bill, but I had no idea how much it would be until my insurance could process it. The collection company knew this and still they added fees without my consent. I am not trying to get out of paying this bill, I just do n’t think I should have paid the fees given the circumstances.


Please listen to all calls with this collection agency to understand their threatening and demeaning tone. I am mortified and depressed and meanwhile this unethical company gets to open their door another day to harass people who actually do honorable things for a living.


State/Zip: WA 980XX

Company Response to Complaint: Untimely response

Was Company Response Timely: No

Did Consumer Dispute Company Response: N/A

Complaint ID: 2701057

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