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

A co-payment, or co-pay pertains only to a managed care plan (i.e. HMO, EPO, etc.).   The co-pay is the managed care cost share obligation.*  According to managed care rules, the patient cannot see the doctor until they make their co-payment.   Managed care is governed by federal law and is not open to interpretation; to "write-off" a co-pay or to allow a patient to see the doctor without collecting the co-pay is a violation of federal law.

 

Part of the "Understanding Insurance" series.  

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