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04 Mar 2004

Flu Charges
Morning Doc,

I am shocked at my claim statement which my Doctor charged me for a medical.

The whole bill equaled 518.79 for a single consultation

he gave me a Cough mixture, Ascorbic acid, multivitamins, Betamox, Sinuend, Myprodol, Septadine (Oral Antiseptic)

He did not perform any tests on me except the mouth check for throat infections, and i had a general flu and felt like seeing a doctor

this time and not go straight to the chemist which is a tradition of mine.

I know doctors can charge medical aid rates or private rates but this is too much.

How accurate might his fees be in this regard.

Shocked.

H. Lanya
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medical money

01 Jan 0001

Hi H Lanya,

Thanks for calling me a doc - unfortuantely I am not one, only interested in financial matters.

The bill is expensive, the tariffs and prices of medicines are generally governed by theprofessional bodies that your doctor subscribes to so if you received the same set of goods from another doctor that dispenses medicines then you are likely to get a similar bill.You will find that the bulk of the cost is related to your medicines which is quite a lengthy list (seven and at an average of only R50 is R350 alone), it is certainly not my role to question the appropriateness or otherwise. If you are in any doubt you might consider contacting the professional body directly.

Most doctors do provide a cash discount if you pay immediately, check that this came through. You also have the right to change your doctor if you do not believe that you are getting the best value for money.

Regards
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