Hi fellow nurses!
I have a random question, but it has really been bothering me lately. Heres the story; I had a friend in high school who took off some years, and recently came to the same university I graduated from. We still live in the area, and he really needed to take summer classes to keep his scholarships
. We let him stay with us since he had no financial means whatsoever. Anyway, last week he informed me he has NO HEALTH INSURANCE!!! Normally, I wouldnt be so upset, but he has Type 1 diabetes! He has racked up over $40,000 in medical debt. I am trying to convince him that he NEEDS medical insurance, and that he DOES have to pay the hospital back (for some reason he thinks he doesnt) Could someone explain to me the legality behind paying back that kind of debt. What happens if you file for bankruptcy over medical bills? I want to get it through his thick skull that he needs some sort of health insurance, and I just cant seem to find any facts while surfing. I am just a GN, so I really dont know much about that kind of stuff. Anyway, I guess I really care about this kid and I want him to understand how important regular healthcare is. Damn this caring nursing nature. lol! Thanks to anyone for any help you can give me!