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While some collection agencies will agree not to report medical collection accounts that are paid off immediately, others refuse to do so. And some bill collectors will use the threat of credit report damage to try to get patients to pay up, even if the bill itself is disputed.
Here are some interesting myths and facts about medical collections!
Myth: As long as I am making payments on a medical bill, it can't be sent to collections.Fact: Making payments won't necessarily keep the bill out of collections. Even if you are making regular payments, they need to be a certain amount to prevent being turned over. Of, if you are under a payment arrangement but are late (even by just a few days) your bill may go to collections. If you leave any balance unpaid, there's a good chance it will go to collections.
Myth: When it comes to credit scoring, medical accounts are treated differently than other types of collections accounts.Fact: The credit scoring formula does not distinguish between medical and non-medical collection accounts. All collection listings are derogatory and will affect your credit score the same way as other collections. Some creditors have been known to be more lenient when it comes to medical debt, even though the credit scoring formula will not.
Myth: I'll need to pay off medical collection accounts to improve my credit.Fact: Paying your bills is the responsible thing to do, but don't do it expecting drastic changes to your credit score. Collection accounts damage your credit score, paid collections aren't as detrimental but they're still negative. The negative listing can stay on your credit file for up to 7 years.
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