Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Doctor's Extra Fees Burden to Patient

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Doctor's Extra Fees Burden to Patient

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Dear Bruce: My physician charges patients for photocopies, faxes, completed medical reports, medical referrals, etc. I thought these things were included in the services a physician offers patients. Medicare won't pay for these fees, and I have limited income due to being a disabled senior.

I discussed this with the physician's staff and they said I could always find another physician. These guys are nickel-and-diming me to death. What do you suggest? -- Reader

Dear Reader: You might want to talk with the physician himself before you go out and find another. Explain that you understand his fees, but the nickel-and-diming is something you can't afford. The likelihood is that he will talk to his staff and say they should waive the fees. In the event that he doesn't, then perhaps finding another physician is the only answer. …

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