Ambulance ride & hospital visit billed to wrong man

Michael Corbett keeps good records, and keeps track of what he's doing daily. He said he was helping veterans April 4th, but an ambulance service is billing him for a ride to the hospital.

"The fire and rescue squad gave me the address where they picked up the person and it's not my address. I've never been there," said Corbett.

Corbett said he's also getting bills for pathology tests, radiology, and an EKG done at Bethesda Hospital.

"I'm not going to allow them to extort the money from me because they think I was there when I wasn't," said Corbett.

Corbett spent countless hours on the phone and wrote letters to creditors to get the bills to stop, but the $1,400 problem won't go away.

"We have investigated the nature of this dispute and the amount appears to be valid," said Corbett reading a bill dispute that he was sent.

Corbett is worried the bill he doesn't owe will impact his credit so he called the Consumer Watchdog.

"I've seen you and I think you get the job done," said Corbett.

After our calls, Bethesda Health fixed the problem. Corbett was mixed up with another patient because of a typo.

"We have contacted each provider directly to verify that they have the correct billing information. We have spoken with Mr. Corbett to apologize for any inconvenience this matter has caused and to provide him with a direct line to our office should he ever need our assistance in the future," said Lisa Kronhaus, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Bethesda Health.

You need to watch all your medical bills carefully because there is a crime known as medical identity theft where a thief uses your personal information to rack up medical charges in your name. That did not happen in this case, but it's another reason why you need to look at your bills carefully.

We're also helping you keep your identity safe with Operation Shredding on Dec. 3 from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N Congress Ave., West Palm Beach). You can bring up to 3 boxes or bags to be shredded.

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