Often the Physician confronts the following situation. The patient owes the money on a bill but is unemployed while the spouse has a good job. Luckily for the doctor the laws of New Jersey and New York allow the spouse to be sued for the medical and/or dental services along with the patient. The law recognizes that a spouse is equally responsible with the patient for medical and dental necessities. This way once a judgment is obtained against both of them, the salary of the working spouse can be garnishment.