Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington: Tips to Crush Medical Debt (Original Air Date 5/18/2022)
It can be hard to escape medical bills – especially as we get older. Most Americans – even those with insurance – are just one accident or illness away from a lifetime of debt. Sobering, right?
As the Ageless Glamour Girls Podcast continues its Summer Break, we’re revisiting another fan fav: Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington: Tips to Crush Medical Debt.
As she explains, what you may not know is a high percentage of medical bills likely contain a mistake. But there are ways you can spot and fix them – saving you money. There are also ways you can possibly “negotiate” your medical debt down. We’re talking methods to protect yourself from unexpected healthcare costs, and crush your medical debt! Our Guest – Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington will lay it all out for us.
***NOTE: The timing for republishing this podcast is perfect! We originally recorded this episode in mid-May, and Dr. Virgie discussed some upcoming changes, which are now in effect. Effective July 1st, the three major credit reporting agencies – Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion are no longer allowed to include medical collection debt that you’ve already paid. Up until then, that debt stayed on your credit report for seven years. Yes to consumer rights! Also at the time of this recording, Dr. Virgie’s book – “What Your Doctor Wants You to Know to CRUSH MEDICAL DEBT,” was about to be released. Well, it’s now available! YAY! Be sure to pick up a copy on Amazon, and other places where you buy your fav books. It’s also available via Audiobook! Go ahead and download it now!
Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington – BIO
Dr. Virgie Bright Ellington is an internal medicine physician and medical billing expert. A dedicated patient advocate, Dr. Virgie earned her degree at the University of Michigan Medical School and trained at the Cambridge Hospital of Harvard Medical School.
After practicing more than 20 years in primary care and psychiatric settings and as a health insurance executive, Dr. Virgie now helps patients understand complex medical procedures, communicate effectively with their healthcare providers, and avoid financial devastation from crushing medical bills through her “What Your Doctor Wants You to Know” series. She also hosts a weekly radio show on VoiceAmerica by the same name.
Dr. Virgie is a former NY1 News health contributor and has been featured on Dallas Fox News, several podcasts, and national magazines. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband and three children.
Dr. Virgie’s new book: “What Your Doctor Wants You to Know to CRUSH MEDICAL DEBT,” is now available!
ABOUT the Book:
When Dr. Virgie became a cancer patient, she faced incredibly high medical bills. That’s when she took her insider industry knowledge and put it to work. In Crush Medical Debt, she shares her secrets to help individuals, families, and veterans protect against America’s number one cause of bankruptcy—medical debt.
Dr. Virgie’s LINKS:
Facebook – /Dr. Virgie: What Your Doctor Wants You to Know:
Instagram – @therealdrvirgie https://www.instagram.com/therealdrvirgie/
LinkedIn – /virgiebrightellingtonmd https://www.linkedin.com/in/drvirgie/
Twitter – @therealdrvirgie https://twitter.com/therealdrvirgie