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Doctors without income- Physicians who volunteer

watercress words-exploring the HEART of health

 In a previous post I discussed physician income- how much and how do physicians make money. If you missed it, you may want to check it out first.


But physicians don’t always get paid. Health care is never “free”. Even in countries with socialized medicine or universal health care, someone pays for health care, it just may not be the recipient of that care.
Doctors in the United States give away their services in different ways. One is care that could be but is not reimbursed, either because it’s not a covered benefit under one’s insurance plan, is denied by insurance for some, usually unexplainable reason, or failure of the patient to pay their cost share, aka bad debt.
But many physicians voluntarily give away their services, or work for far less than they could be paid. According to another Medscape survey on physician lifestyle, a large percentage…

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2 comments on “Doctors without income- Physicians who volunteer

  1. Aletha Cress Oglesby
    May 19, 2015

    Thank you for sharing this. I appreciate your interest and hope you’ll read watercress words again.

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