Waiving Copays

Many physicians routinely waive deductibles and copays for friends, relatives, other physicians, and their families and employees. If any of these individuals are covered by Medicare, these physicians could be facing fraud charges by the federal government.

Many managed care plans also specify rules against waiving copayments and deductibles, so review your managed care contracts. The best policy is to collect all routine copays and deductibles, with the exception of an occasional hardship waiver for patients who are experiencing financial hardship.


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