Nizzan, the last thread was getting a little long and I wanted you to consider an alternative idea. I'm not saying this will work, but its worth a try. Sometimes, with professionals that have a stong (and healthy) fear of litigation, it is just enough to bluff with them. What I mean is this: It could be just enough to have an attorney write a letter on your behalf directly to the doctor and carbon copied to the hospital administration, HIPAA, and JCAHO. Usually just asking a lawyer to write a letter for you does not cost very much at all. Sometimes, and I stress sometimes, just the sight of the attorney's letterhead is enough to scare the person into doing whats necessary. Collection agencies do it all the time to ordinary people. My guess is that a young doctor like this, with a healthy fear of litigation would collapse fairly easily. But, in the end, its just a bluff. If the doc/hospital calls your bluff, you have no legs to stand on because you really can't afford a protracted legal battle. However, the hospital and doc doesn't know that you can't afford the legal battle. If you are brash enough to engage an attorney, they might just realize how serious you. They don't need to know that you can't afford to take it to trial. Anyways, its worth a try because nothing else is working, right?
I really feel for you. As much as I have felt the sting of prying eyes and judgemental looks, I haven't encountered anything in my records like that.
Good Luck ~PainKiller