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Old 02-15-2010, 02:00 PM
 
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I find this a bit strange. I have an appointment with a shrink who wants a $150 deposit two days in advance of my even seeing him! I find this highly unusual and not necessarily a good sign. I can see not accepting personal checks and wanting them to clear before seeing someone. But a debit or credit card would be instantaneous, wouldn't it? Something isn't right here. Opinions? Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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It is not unusual for psych docs to do that if your insurance doesn't cover. Just make sure you have paperwork showing you paid a deposit and what it's for ect...
Doesn't your insurance cover some mental health?
Also, the office may not be set up to take cards.
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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It is not unusual for psych docs to do that if your insurance doesn't cover. Just make sure you have paperwork showing you paid a deposit and what it's for ect...
Doesn't your insurance cover some mental health?
Yes, it does, but he is out of network so he issues a superbill and I submit for reimbursement. What I take issue with is his wanting payment 48 hours in advance. If I show up with a debit or credit card, I am good for the money. I don't think this is a good sign.
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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I believe he's been burned and is taking measures to insure payment, I wouldn't take it personally.
It's the business part.
Did you ask him?
There are many instances that a debit or credit card are not an absolute - meaning 2 days sounds reasonable for his office to clear the card even if it's a debit.
With this doubt going on will you be able to have a relationship with the doc?
You need to separate the business end of it from the therapy part. It sounds like it's his policy and not directed at you.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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He probably charges in advance so you can’t refuse to pay after he treats you.

Last edited by tao; 02-16-2010 at 02:17 PM.. Reason: edited out offensive portion of post.
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I find this a bit strange. I have an appointment with a shrink who wants a $150 deposit two days in advance of my even seeing him! I find this highly unusual and not necessarily a good sign. I can see not accepting personal checks and wanting them to clear before seeing someone. But a debit or credit card would be instantaneous, wouldn't it? Something isn't right here. Opinions? Thanks in advance.
"Something is right here" is correct.

Bail in this guy.........
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Old 02-16-2010, 11:58 AM
 
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Sounds like he used to do home repairs. Pay 50% in advance and you never see them again...
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:05 PM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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Go with your gut. There is NO reason for the 48 advancement of payment. That's just plain strange weird and a reason to run away run away!!!!
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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Sounds like he's been stiffed by a lot of no shows. It's still unusual to do that , though.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:12 PM
 
Location: North Adams, MA
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Doesn't sound like a positive way to start therapy which requires mutual trust. I would find someone else, someone who you like and trust.
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