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Is it a question of ethics when a dr intentionally overcharges a self pay patient?  If the patient had insurance, payment would have been at least $180 less than the dr billed the patient for. The insurance payment amount was verified by CareFirst. I am looking to put in a complaint about the Urgent care center, but not sure which department or agency to start with.

State of Maryland.

Thank you for your time
debbie

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Debbie,

You are describing an ethical question.  I suspect the clinic is going to indicate that these are the same charges they provide to everyone; however, the contracted amount with insurance is for a lesser amount.  You should contact the Maryland Department of Health at www.dmh.state.md.us/

You may wish to request the clinic charge you the insurance contract amount.

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.

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I have been a practicing civil trial attorney since 1989 and have a master's degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy in comparative ethics of law, medicine and business.

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I have been a practicing trial attorney since 1989 and I have a masters degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy regarding comparative ethics.

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State Bar of Arizona
State Bar of Colorado (inactive)
District of Columbia Bar (inactive)
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
American Association for Justice
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American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
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Bachelor of Arts 1985
Juris Doctorate 1989
Master of Arts in Bioethics 2004
Doctorate of Philosphy 2006

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