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Who pays the doctor for their time, who pays if there is a malpractice issue?

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Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine

In brief: Usually insurance

Hi, thanks for your question.
For most doctors, their paycheck comes from the insurance companies: blue cross, etc, or the government if the patient qualifies for medicare or medicaid. In my practice, i see patients that do not have insurance, and charge a straight $50 fee for a straightforward visit. If there is a lawsuit, then malpractice insurance covers most of those expenses.

In brief: Usually insurance

Hi, thanks for your question.
For most doctors, their paycheck comes from the insurance companies: blue cross, etc, or the government if the patient qualifies for medicare or medicaid. In my practice, i see patients that do not have insurance, and charge a straight $50 fee for a straightforward visit. If there is a lawsuit, then malpractice insurance covers most of those expenses.
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