What happens when you don’t pay copay?
If patients don’t pay the co-pay at the time of the visit, there is a big chance that they will never pay or take up a lot of staff time to collect later.
The follow-up is important enough that rescheduling the patient until after payday is risky from a malpractice standpoint..
Is it legal to waive deductibles?
No. A deductible is part of your home insurance policy. It’s illegal for contractors to waive your deductible or help you avoid paying it.
Why is the physician not allowed to waive a copay?
Patients are responsible for copayments and deductibles. When providers routinely waive co-insurance requirements, it is unlawful because it results in: 1) false claims, 2) violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and 3) excessive use of items and services paid for by Medicare.
Can you be billed for a copay?
Patients with health insurance: You cannot be billed for copays. Will be responsible for any deductibles on the day of the visit (minimum of $50).
Why do I have to pay a copay?
Insurance companies use copayments to share health care costs to prevent moral hazard. It may be a small portion of the actual cost of the medical service but is meant to deter people from seeking medical care that may not be necessary (e.g., an infection by the common cold).