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My husband has a large US medical bill, which our travel insurance has so far denied. We are complaining about this and hope that they will pay it eventually. We do not have savings to pay it. If we are not successful in getting the travel insurance to pay up, will the US hospital and surgeons be able to make us pay in some way? We are UK residents.

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They would have to bring a claim through a UK court.


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If you are not getting any joy from the insurance company you can make a complaint to the FOS http://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/


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How easy/likely is that? And what happens if they do take us to court in UK? If we're unsuccessful with our claim we might try to negotiate to reduce the debt, but before we try that it would be good to know our position.

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Yes thanks we will do that ... but the insurance company has to check it out internally first

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Yes you have to make a formal complaint to the insurance company. You start that by asking for a copy of their complaints procedures.


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Sorry I wasn't being clear, but thanks for the answers above. We are complaining to the insurance company.... and following their procedures to do so. And we'll try the ombudsman if that doesn't work. But we are also quite panicked by the worry that they may not pay up, and wondering what we will do about the massive bill if the worst case scenario happens. So I was asking how easy/likely it was that they would take us to court in the UK, and what this would mean if they did.

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To take legal action they would have to apply for change of jurisdiction first and that is a really lengthy and expensive process so they probably won't bother and even if they got change of jurisdiction the courts here would only order you to pay what you can afford in installments.

 

They may try to bypass the correct legal protocols & obtain a CCJ through the court but you could challenge the jurisdiction if you receive any papers.


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What reasons are being given by the Insurers for not paying ?

 

Be careful, as I believe that the US and UK governments have agreements in place regarding such medical debts. There may be legal ways that they can seek a recovery. ( I seem to remember reading this somewhere)


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Be careful, as I believe that the US and UK governments have agreements in place regarding such medical debts. There may be legal ways that they can seek a recovery. ( I seem to remember reading this somewhere)

The response by a barrister to a similar question on another forum was;

 

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http://www.justanswer.com/uk-law/57kms-received-medical-bill-united-states.html


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Thanks - it sounds as though it would be difficult for them at least. Knowing this we might be able to negotiate to reduce the bill and to find a way of paying something in affordable installments. .... but still hoping that we manage to find a way of getting the insurance to pay.

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