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Hello Everyone: I just joined this forum a few minutes ago and need advice about coerced medical debt, as nothing directly on point seems to exist anywhere in Cyberspace. (BTW, I hold a Juris Doctorate degree and thus familiar with what I believe are basic controlling legal theories). FACTS: Back in February, police arrived at my doorstep and demanded that I immediately go to a local ER for "mental health evaluation" or be arrested and taken to the hospital in handcuffs! Given that "choice," I boarded the ambulance when it arrived at my home. Upon arriving at the ER, however, I immediately exited the ambulance began walking back home because I had no time for such nonsense as a busy freelance writer with strict work deadlines. Besides that, incidents that prompted the law enforcement visit had been long over and resolved several days before. Nonetheless, the same cop who'd threatened me with arrest saw me walking home, stopped his cruiser and demanded that I get in for forcible return to the hospital. After coercing my return to the hospital, he and several of his colleagues stood guard in the triage lobby until intake personnel took me back to the ER treatment area. Throughout the entire time, I repeatedly and explicitly advised hospital and ambulance personnel that I was present only because police had threatened me with arrest otherwise. Moreover, I refused to provide personal ID information or sign a Consent to Treatment form. Nevertheless, I've received multiple bills from the hospital, ER doctor, ambulance service and a lab. I've argued with and advised contact personnel at each "creditor" that payment will not be forthcoming under any circumstances. LEGAL ANALYSIS: My rationale is that no legally valid contract for services was ever formed, as I did not voluntarily agree to treatment. Nor was consent implied, as none of my actions could be reasonably inferred as consent. Quite the contrary, I explicitly and repeatedly advised every medical staff member I encountered that no services were needed or desired and that my receipt thereof was due only to police coercion. Thus, no legal grounds exists to collect payment for something that was never validly contracted for. All medical providers involved recently turned over the "debts" to 3rd party collection agencies. I have NO intention of making payment and will fight tooth, nail and claw in any court of law. Do any of my legal colleagues or fellow consumers have any insights to offer? If so, I'd be VERY appreciative, as I've been unable to find anything about coerced debt online, except for domestic violence-related scenarios. Thank so much for reading and all your help in advance. Respectfully Submitted, crissie