Medical debt plagues many households across the country and can often contribute to the terrible level of debt that many families and individuals are facing. While, medical debts can be erased with bankruptcy and other extreme measures, it’s important to take the time to exercise other options of debt management beforehand. The three main forms of debt management are debt consolidation, debt negotiation and credit counseling. In this article, we are going to focus on credit counseling and how finding the right credit counselor can help build a smart plan to pay off your medical debt and save your credit rating in the process.
Credit counseling is a great way to learn more about debt management and find a way to work with your medical creditors to find the best way to deal with your level of and specific kind of debt. Credit counselors should offer a variety of choices for you to work with your self or offer additional services that include them negotiating or working on your behalf.
Before you find a credit counselor, you need to understand your level of debt. First, make a list of all the medical debt you have and you should include the following information for each medical account: creditor, creditor contact information, interest rate, monthly payment and current balance. Second, take a deep breath and add it all up. This may be a hard number to face, but you need to be honest with your self and your credit counselor in order to face your medical debt head on and find a reasonable solution.
Once you are ready to find a credit counselor you should take the time to do some research to find a credible credit counseling company with reliable, certified credit counselors working for them. You should not be asked to pay for anything until the services have been completed, but you should have the opportunity to consult about what the fees will be so you can prepare for them. Your credit counselor should share all your options with you and give you the information to complete the tasks on your own, but also remind you they would be happy to complete them on your behalf if you are uncomfortable dealing with creditors. This is often the case with many people, so most credit counselors are trained to negotiate and deal with creditors.
Don’t let medical debt set the stage for your future financial endeavors. Take a stand against your medical debts and find a way to stare them down while still preserving your future borrowing opportunities. Good credit is a privilege, not a right and needs to be earned with smart financial decisions and planning. Everyone makes mistakes, it’s how quickly you learn from your mistakes and the honest measures you take to correct and pay for your mistakes that show the kind of future borrower you can be. Take the time to learn from your credit counselor about how to make smart financial decisions and learn to live within your means. Work with a credit counselor to put a plan into action immediately on your way to finding relief from your medical debt.