Who gets the insurance check for my medical bills?
by Brian (Owensboro, KY)
I had a motorcycle wreck and had to be hospitalized. I racked up a $10,000 medical bill. I didn't call my insurance company and report the claim, the hospital did. I'm just wondering how my insurance company will make the payment? Will they send a payment to the hospital, or will they send me the check?
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ANSWER for "Who gets the insurance check for my medical bills?":
In most cases when an injured patient gives the hospital the name of the insurance company responsible for paying the patient’s medical bills, the insurance company, in an effort to make sure the hospital will be paid, will send the check directly to the patient but with the check made payable to the patient (you) and the hospital.
This method of payment has been in place for many years. Before, insurance companies would make the checks payable only to its insured (the patient), presuming the insured would be honorable and use the money for the purpose intended; that is to pay the hospitals.
Some did, while others did not. This prompted many hospitals to refuse to accept certain insurance unless the insurance companies changed their policies and made the insurance checks payable to the patient/insured, AND the hospital.
Once that happened the only way the insured/patient would be able to cut out the hospital would be to forge the hospital’s name on the check. Those who attempted to do so were often arrested and charged with the felony offense of Forgery.
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