Should doctors demand payment prior to administering treatment?
Some doctors will seek proof of a patient's ability to pay the hospital bill prior to treatment
Most docs that I've encountered require that you show PROOF OF INSURANCE or sign forms that you're responsible for the portion of the bill that your insurance doesn't cover-if there is one.
Some docs (dentists especially) need to order supplies before they give treatment so sometimes they require payment before treatment. For example and this is just an example, rarely does dental insurance cover dental implants 100%, so you'll be responsible for what insurance doesn't pay; so in order to get the supplies (dental implants are expensive), they require payment BEFORE, to obtain the necessary supplies.
My root canal specialist demands entire pay
ment up front. Many patients have to use credit cards. A lab made a patient come back when she could pay half as she was waiting for new insurance. When I had a new dentist. He demanded up front payment. I did not like that procedure. That dentist came to the waiting room, embarrassing me, demanding payment.
I agree that the doctor should check out the prospective patient's insurance in order to asure of payment...and all cash payment should be accepted up front. I believe this is a good business practice.
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