When Patients Don’t Pay Their Bills

When Patients Don’t Pay Their Bills

Patients assume that all doctors are rich. In their minds, rich people do not need more money. Therefore, there is no real reason to get concerned about the unpaid bills physicians have at your office. Never mind the debt you have for your education or the years it takes to build a practice. In some patients’ minds, you are rich and you don’t need their money.

I have a few simple rules in the office. Patients who make a good faith effort will be treated regardless of the office balance. I have one elderly gentleman with severe problems that generally result in him being hospitalized several times a year. He has little or no income, yet every month he sends a few dollars due from his bill.

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