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What is a Write Off?

“Write-Off”

            In the medical profession a write-off is a term used for when a doctor or facility forgives an amount that would otherwise be the patient’s responsibility.  There are federal laws and insurance contract provisions that specify what and when amounts may be written-off by a doctor or facility. If the charge is part of the patient's deductible, it is impossible to write off.

Part of the "Understanding Insurance" series.  

 

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute