So long story short, I begin to see a doctor whom I at the time believed was within my insurance network i continue to visit this doctor for about 6 months (1 appointment every month to check up on med dosage) without being billed once (so i assume insurance is doing their job and making the payments necessary). After seeing this doctor for 6 months they refer me to a psychiatrist within the same hospital to diagnose me officially with ADHD so I can start treatment. I continue to see the original doctor for another 6 months (one appointment per month). After seeing a doctor at this hospital for an entire YEAR I get my first bill from them. It is $1974. I call the hospital to ask why I received this bill and they told me that insurance rejected the claim because the doctor was not in the network . This opened the floodgates. After going back and forth with my insurance company and the hospital I find out that I owe over $5000 in unpaid medical bills for the entire year of treatment. Neither the hospital nor the insurance company want to take any fault in failing to notifying me within a timely manner that these bills were outstanding. Mind you, insurance gladly covered all the medications that I had been picking up. My question is: Is there anything anywhere that relieves me of these payments?! I obviously would not have gone to see a doctor for an entire year knowing that I would have to pay out of pocket. Any information, resources or advice is greatly appreciated!!