Patient Walking Out Of Dental Office Not Sure If He Owes Co-Pay, Will Likely Be Billed Later
Paterson, NJ -- It seemed like just another day. Mark Priceworth didn’t have a care in the world, everything was just straight hakuna matata.
A day without hiccups is what Mr. Priceworth had been seeking and though he secretly feared his dentist would discover a cavity or chastise him for grinding his teeth again, after his bi-yearly cleaning and checkup Dr. Mendez simply handed him a plastic bag with some floss and a brush and mouthed, "have a nice day."
The hygienist smiled as Mr. Priceworth exited the examination room and the ladies at the front desk offered quick and fading smiles before resuming their busywork. Did he need to stop? Now quickly thinking back to years of past visits, he could not remember a time in which the paper-pushers did not require him to stop and provide a $5 co-pay.
Would he be billed later on? Was his most up-to-date mailing address on file? Questions swirled throughout his mind as he retrieved his heavy down jacket from the front closet, slowly turned the knob looking back at the desk area while not receiving the reciprocal eye contact, and disappeared into the late-afternoon.