Patients should pay
Fam Pract Manag. 1999 Mar;6(3):11.
To the Editor:
The proper way to manage fees is for the patient to pay them (see “How to Handle Problems With Self-Pay Patients,” September 1998). If physicians can't figure this out, our profession is in trouble. Especially considering the number of patients who are uninsured, self-pay patients should be the basis of the practice, not the exception.
By charging $30 per visit and negotiating with laboratories and radiologists, one can drastically reduce the cost of medical care for the benefit of the patient. It's easy to chuck the clerks, coding specialists, extra computers, telephone lines, explanation-of-benefit forms and other associated silliness with which we have allowed ourselves to be saddled.
We are our own worst enemies.
Copyright © 1999 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
This content is owned by the AAFP. A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. This material may not otherwise be downloaded, copied, printed, stored, transmitted or reproduced in any medium, whether now known or later invented, except as authorized in writing by the AAFP. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for copyright questions and/or permission requests.
Want to use this article elsewhere? Get Permissions
More in FPM
Related Topic Searches
MOST RECENT ISSUE
Access the latest issue
of FPM journal
To avoid a negative payment adjustment from Medicare in 2020, practices must achieve a MIPS final score of at least 15 points for the 2018 performance period. Here's how to meet this performance threshold.