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August 25, 1951

ITEMIZING OF PHYSICIANS' STATEMENTS

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Morgantown, Ky.

JAMA. 1951;146(17):1608. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670170062021

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I am very interested in the statement in the Secretary's newsletter urging doctors to itemize their bills. I think that they should go still further and itemize their charges for each office visit. With this in mind some years ago we adopted what we first called a charge slip but changed to services rendered because people regarded it as an invitation to charge their accounts rather than as an itemized statement. We also felt that patients who could sign for charge purchases in the department stores could sign the slip acknowledging the receipt of the services rendered. This has enabled us to avoid many disputed accounts such as when "Veda's" husband says he gave his wife money to pay the account or when apparently they just simply forgot they were in the office. This has eliminated many unpleasant instances in our practice because the husband who says

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