Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Commentary: Why Cash Pay Is Unworkable Proposition for Many

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Commentary: Why Cash Pay Is Unworkable Proposition for Many

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We hear a lot about the pros and cons of cash-pay medicine. So far, I haven't made the leap of faith it would re quire in my own practice.

But recently I developed a gradually worsening toothache. For a while I ignored it, hoping it would go away. Like most doctors, my first thought was: "I don't have time for this." But, as it progressed, I knew I didn't have a choice. I didn't have a dentist, either, and have never had dental insurance. Now what?

So I called a family friend who's a dentist. His actual charge for the visit was around $200, but he kindly charged me only $50.1 sent him a $100 gift card to thank him for his help, and I'm well aware most folks don't have the benefit of knowing a dentist on nonprofessional terms.

He found he couldn't help me. I had an upper molar that was busily reabsorbing itself, and needed to come out.

So I went to an oral surgeon. The first visit ("limited exam and counseling") was $95. …

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