Can a doctor refuse to treat you if you owe them a 60 dollar copay?

Can a doctor refuse to treat you if you owe them a 60 dollar copay?
Legally speaking. I owe my doctor 60 dollars for a copay. I went into the exam room, sat there, took a test, and then the office manager comes in and says the doctor can not come in and see you until you pay your 60 dollars. Can they legally refuse to treat me?

Suggestion by Luke
No they can get into trouble for not seeing you no matter how much you owe them by law. Reason being what you have could be life-threatening.

Edit: “Annie” contradicted “herself”!:

quote [...]“An ER cannot refuse to see you assuming it is a life and death emergency”[...]

Which is it?! o.O

(and they also ASSumed the doctor is automatically a HE!) O.o

quote [...]A doctor does not have the same requirements as an ER.”[...]

So you’re saying a doctor doesn’t work in the ER? Amazing…
(note the sarcasm)

This just in from “Quizzard”:

quote [...]“A hospital ER cannot refuse to see you based on debt or refusal to [pay, but even they are only required to treat you until you are stable and no longer in threat of life."[,,,]

Yet another contradiction, need I say more?

Reply ll to “Annie”:

quote [...]“I notice you keep changing your ID, any reason for that?”[...]

●My point is this is not the place to call someone out in order to chat/argue.●

quote [...]“Joy/Geneviev/Alice/whatever you are for the moment, WE are not arguing, YOU are arguing. We are trying to correct you with truth, you sit there stomping your feeties and balling up those fisties because you are embarrassed you made a mistake and argued the point.”[...]

Whatever you need to believe…
I really don’t care who’s right or wrong. The questioner can get a gist of what is the right thing to do by reading all.
Anyone’s allowed to disagree with me as long as they do so intelligently. For example: Not automatically assuming your answer doesn’t stink and everything’s black and white. ei starting out the ever-so “helpful” answer with:

‘So-and-so doesn’t know what she’s talking about.’
(That was NOT constructive).

Also, no delusional; wishful thinking about those who are tired with yours and others’ stupidity on this cesspool website ei: “feeties and fisties”.

There was nothing at all wrong (or right) with my original answer (since I did not mention hospital or ER) which was (once again):

quote: “No they can get into trouble for not seeing you no matter how much you owe them by law. Reason being what you have could be life-threatening.”

that you felt you needed to start a war over. Hence your ‘embarrassing’ claim is both extreme and retarded which is, yet another, example of the kind of low mentality I vent of around here. The average human being is an angry moron ready to jump down innocent peoples’ throats and I’m sorry to say you are average. On top of it all I suspect you’re a fellow female hater. (A doctor *must* be a male in your line of thinking).

Despite that have a nice night eating your animal-flesh dinner and BOL (best of luck) to questioneer.

Sincerely,
The Brilliant One

Suggestion by Rob Peters
Yes. If you can’t or won’t pay what you owe they are not obligated to work for free.

Suggestion by Dustin
Yes unless it’s an emergency.

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what kind of doctor should I take my mother to see?
My mother is 72 with rhematoid arthritis. She will not take care of her disease, and she won’t let me take her to a doctor. She has lost the use of three of her fingers on her left hand, they are permenently closed and she can’t open them. She uses her index finger and her thumb on that hand. I am afraid her index finger will close as well. What kind of a doctor, other than a rheumatologist, would be able to operate on her hand and straighten out her fingers?

Suggestion by denise
Doctors, probably can’t straighten the joints, unless they replace the joints. You could ask her primary care doctor though, what they think.

Suggestion by Dinah
Specialist in hands, osteo-surgeon. But your first answerer is also right. I broke a finger and a osteo-surgeon specialist operated in-office. Rheumatoid, if I’m correctly informed, is a progressive arthritis. If that’s true, and your mother knows it, it could be the reason she won’t see a surgeon. She at least deserves something for the pain. There’s about a year-or-two-old drug my friend with rheumatoid arthritis discovered that finally worked for her, but I don’t know the name. A little chat with a pharmacist can tell you. It worked so well for my friend that she could walk without pain for the first time in years.

Suggestion by nickipettis
you said she “won’t let (you) take her to a doctor.”
so i don’t know why you are asking what type doctor, but…

I think you should start with either an internal medicine specialist ( to evaluate her) or a gerontologist – a doc who specializes in diseases of older people.

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7 Responses to Can a doctor refuse to treat you if you owe them a 60 dollar copay?

  1. T.J. October 8, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Yes they can refuse. You have to pay your bills.

  2. Annie October 8, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Joy does not know what she is talking about. Yes, he can refuse to see you until you pay your bills. An ER cannot refuse to see you assuming it is a life and death emergency, but an MD office is a business like any other.

    GenevievAlice, I notice you keep changing your ID, any reason for that?: Annie did not contradict anything. An MD office does not fall under federal law, a hospital does. A hospital has to see you if it is life and death, an MD office most certainly does not but feel free to trot out your proof otherwise.

    And btw, oh brilliant one, she was clear she went to the MD office, not a HOSPITAL. Seriously, can you comprehend the difference in facilities?

    Joy/Geneviev/Alice/whatever you are for the moment, WE are not arguing, YOU are arguing. We are trying to correct you with truth, you sit there stomping your feeties and balling up those fisties because you are embarrassed you made a mistake and argued the point.

  3. MSAD October 8, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Yes.

    A doctor does not have the same requirements as an ER.

    If it’s life or death…an ER can’t turn you away. Even if you owe them money.

    However, your family doc, dentist, ob-gyn etc…don’t have to treat you if you owe them money.

  4. Quizzard October 8, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    Absolutely. Nobody is required to work without pay. A hospital ER cannot refuse to see you based on debt or refusal to [pay, but even they are only required to treat you until you are stable and no longer in threat of life. A standard GP’s office has no such requirement.

    Genevieve: What Annie said made perfect sense. If the situation is a life and death emergency, the ER cannot refuse to treat you. That’s what she said, and that’s what she MEANT.

  5. Alex Over Here October 8, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    Pay your bill and it’s a non issue and yes, the doctor can do that.

  6. Genegee October 8, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    Put it this way, if you were doing something for money and somebody did not pay the bill would you be willing to service that person the next time they wanted you to do something for them? I think not.
    What you should of done is pay little each month until the bill was all paid off instead of letting it go to the point it is now. Suggest that you try to make a payment arrangement with him and keep you part of the arrangement and everything should be fine.

  7. Penny J October 8, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    Sorry only a Rheumatologist can do this kind of operation as it is their field of speciality and then they wont be able to completely straighten them out. This is a painful condition one of which I am in the early stages of. You definately need to see the Doctor and try not to get too frustrated with her too as this will make her worse mentally.

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