Question: Is it legal to be charged money because of a missed appointment?
I recently missed a doctors appointment and was told I would be charged $25 for the missed appointment. Is that legal?

There is nothing that says you have to agree to pay that fee. Saying that, if you do not pay the fee there is nothing to keep the Doctor from refusing to see you for a future appointment.

I do not think it is fair to be charged the fee if the Doctor was already running behind or they were able to see an emergency appointment that they might not have been able to see if you had not missed the appointment.

All professionals, Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants who are good work on a tight schedule. The amount of rent or payroll to be paid would not be reduced by the missed appointment. Pay the bill and make sure that you do not miss your next appointment. When you see the doctor, if the $25.00 fee is a true hardship, mention this to him and the Doctor may cancel the charge

About Nathan Davis, Esquire

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Nathan Davis has been practicing law for many years. Mr. Davis has a wide variety of experiences having practiced domestic relations, criminal law, social security law having also practiced collection law in the past. This knowledge is helpful when someone needs to restart their financial life. The practice is now primarily bankruptcy and debtor representation work, but, Mr. Davis continues to also practice real estate law, trusts and estates and a general litigation practice. I believe that the most important part of representation is trying to leave you better off when the case is finished than when you started. Although I will do as my client directs, I will always tell you if I think that you are making a mistake. Bankruptcy is about a "fresh start". If you do not make changes in what you are doing, you will be doing what you are doing now in the future. There is no shame in bankruptcy or other steps that you may take to start your life over. Too often, people worry more about things than about themselves, their family or their future.
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