8/5/2009

More medical practices in the U.S. are asking insured patients to pay their entire out-of-pocket charges, including deductibles and the patient's share of the cost of care, upfront to ensure they get full payment. Uninsured patients are being asked to pay upfront or to sign up for a payment plan. Some practices also project patient costs and ask for payments for outpatient or elective surgeries and diagnostic tests.

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