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