Not charging for an unconfirmed appt may be the policy in your office but it is not the rule in all practices. Yes you can be sent to collections for non payment. Some offices automatically turn all unpaid bills to collection agencies every six months like clock work. They have to at least notified you twice about the un paid balance. I have worked in doctors offices for years and have seen nice peoples credit ruined over ridiculous and unfair practices as these. I think you are between a rock and a hard place. Being that you work in a doctors office you have access to professional stationary I would write a letter directly to the doctor telling him what you think of his unfair practice and now sadly you will be dropping him as your physician. Address it directly to the doctor.
by Arlene - 8 hours ago
Yes you can be sent to Collections for not paying this bill. The rules at the doctor's office are not the same as at your dental office and they don't have to be.
by Patricia C - 8 hours ago
Yes, read your paperwork. I'm sure you sign something stating that the doctor would charge a no show fee. Most doctors offices sneak that into their new patient information packages. They did indeed render you services. They held a time slot open for you that could have been used to treat another patient. You owe it, but talk with the doctors office. If you have been a long time paying patient, they may agree to wave the fee. Good luck
by Blubber - 8 hours ago
they have a right to get paid but I never heard of anyone who had to deal with a collection agency because of a missed appointment.
by Maka - 8 hours ago
Sorry but you sound ridiculously arrogant. So what is the doctor supposed to do during the period of your missed appointment? It is too late to schedule anybody else because you have given him no warning and therefore he has lost a fee. I'm sure you'd be real unhappy if somebody's thoughtlessness caused you to lose part of your day's pay. The confirmation call IS a courtesy and there is no legal requirement for such a call to be made. Your debt will go to collections and it is unlikely your doctor will want to see you again
by Sir Jam - 8 hours ago
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