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The Payment of Fees
Recently the Budapest Medical Casino held a special meeting to discuss ways and means for physicians to collect their fees. Most doctors regard it as below their dignity to sue for their fees. This is wrong, in the opinion of prominent members of the Hungarian medical profession. There is not a doctor who would not attend poor patients gratis, but it is unfair that well-to-do patients should not pay the fee of the physician. The president of the meeting proposed that physicians should be paid for each visit and consultation, respectively, and that fees are due immediately after the termination of the attendance. If the patient does not pay his bill within a month, he should be warned in a registered letter, and then if he fails to pay, he should be sued. Then it will not happen that families of physicians will be exposed to
BUDAPEST. JAMA. 1933;100(23):1879–1880. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740230057025