Is my hospital bill negotiable?

Everything is negotiable, even your hospital bill. If you are amont the uninsured-- who can pay up to three times more for procedures -- it does not hurt to ask for a reduction in your hospital bill. Some hospitals provide a 40% discount for uninsured patients, and hospitals frequently work with patients offering payment plans or discounts. In some cases, the hospital will waive its bill completely.

You should look for the office of patient accounts or the financial assistance office at the hospital. The staff in this office will explain the procedures for seeking a reduction or waiver of your hospital bill.