Some people have the privilege of entering the USA, give birth and take advantage of the quality healthcare services offered by the hospital or birth center as the case may be, but did not settle their hospital bill.
There are various circumstances that may surround the nonpayment such as:
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It is important to note that most hospitals in the USA are profit making and will need the bill to be settled. Remember the hospital bill is a compilation of services you received from your encounter with the Doctors (Gynecologist, pediatrician, anesthesiologist, surgeon etc), Nurses, laboratory, the room, other ancillary services during and after childbirth.
Giving birth in the USA as a noncitizen or tourist was not an emergency, at least you are aware of your pregnancy. except in cases where a gravid woman came to labor at an earlier date than expected.
In a situation where the hospital bill is beyond your capacity, ask to talk to account department of any unit in charge of billing. Negotiate with them as a cash paying patient with no insurance, most likely they will give you a reasonable discount and a payment plan. A payment plan is usually an equal monthly repayment of a bulk amount over a given period of time. (For example, $500 monthly for 1 year to repay $6,000).
The hospital might refuse to submit the birth certificate information to the State’s Vital records office and that means you will not be able to get the birth certificate copy from vital records office.We advise you contact a lawyer, maybe an immigration attorney for a better perspective on this matter.
Our view on Tourist Giving Birth in the USA is to be fair and just in take advantage of the Law that bestows citizenship on a child born in the USA from anyone even the non-citizens.
Without the birth certificate, you might not be able to complete the necessary documentation for citizenship for your child.
We recommend contacting the hospital and making a payment plan with them to at least show some commitment, while you seek out an attorney or non-profit organizations that might be able to help.
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