If your insurance company failed to pay a medical claim and denied it, that's a red flag your bill is probably wrong — even something as simple as a misspelled name can result in a thousand dollar error. 

 The doctor's or hospital's billing office is ultimately responsible for correcting your bill, so call them first. Ask for itemized bills and see if it reflects the work that was done.

The next step is to call your insurance company. Ask for a discount and you can get them to cut your final bill by an additional 10% to 20%.

If the cost and work involved is daunting, hire a company to help negotiate the bills. 

Read more here: Why Your Medical Bills Are Filled With Mistakes

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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