Find a patient advocate
Do an online search for an advocate that fits your needs.
Find a patient advocate online. You can search for an advocacy group that helps with medical bills in your state or for a particular disease or condition you have.
Contact your hospital’s patient advocate.
Many hospitals have patient advocates on staff. They can help you:
- Understand your bill
- Apply for financial assistance
- Access medical records
Call your hospital and ask if they have a patient advocate on staff.
Or you can search online for a patient advocate or patient representative in the hospital where you received care.
Reach out to the Patient Advocate Foundation.
The Foundation is a nonprofit organization. It helps people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses get and pay for care.
Call 800-532-5274 or visit the Foundation’s website for more information.
If you get care at a VA health care facility, talk to the patient advocate on staff.
The VA’s Patient Advocacy Program helps veterans and their families who get care at VA health care facilities.
Each VA Medical Center has a web page. The page lists contact information for that Center's patient advocate.
Don’t pay a person or a service who promises to keep medical bills off your credit report or to protect you from unexpected out-of-network medical costs. Steer clear of people who want to charge you an upfront fee for resolving your debt and credit situation. Reputable credit counselors are clear about their services and fees and avoid pressuring you.