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September 20, 1913

How to Collect a Doctor Bill.

JAMA. 1913;61(12):984. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350120074026

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Abstract

This is largely devoted to an abstract of the exemption laws in the different states. A table giving the time limits for accounts in the different states is convenient for reference. One's opinion regarding some of the practical advice will depend considerably on his attitude toward his profession. The advice to physicians to secure an order from a corporation, signed by a responsible person, before rendering service for which the corporation is expected to pay, is thoroughly sound. Many of the suggestions regarding bookkeeping and business methods can be read with profit by many physicians. Few physicians, however, would care to develop dunning letters to the point of referring, in Letter 3, to "the little child of the delinquent debtor, up in heaven looking down with her angelic eyes, wondering why you did not pay the doctor who worked so hard to give her ease." This would hardly do for a

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