Can a doctor’s office require you to join a

The new doctor informed me that we were required to join a group that charges

$1065 a year before we could see him.

Asked on March 1, 2016 under Business Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, they can do this--and if you don't want to do this, you can go to a different doctors. Doctors are not just doctors; they are businesses, too. Like any other business, they can decide what and how to charge their customers (i.e. their patients) and whether to require customers to essentially pay a retainer (like a lawyer would) or join a club (like so many retail businesses) before accepting or continuing with a customer.

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