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Chicago, Nov. 19, 1896.
To the Editor:
—As the last of the month approaches I size up accounts and am impressed with the fact that the doctor is the first man called and the last man paid. Patients get sick without due financial preparation and consequently the doctor must trust or drop the case, a thing which few doctors are hard hearted enough to do. After recovery the patient soon forgets how sick he was, thinks the doctor did not help much anyway, must have charged for visits made to some other party, etc., and feels as though the bill was too big anyway. Paying an old doctor's bill seems to him like paying for a dead horse. The facts that people usually can not pay at once, and the doctor's kindness, have established the custom of paying doctor's bills whenever the patient gets "a good ready."I would like
Doty MF. Non-payment of Bills.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(22):1164-1165. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431000040011