September 1, 2014

Why Do Physicians Charge to Write Medical Narrative Reports?

Why is it a doctor will say they will help you to get disability because they believe you are disabled but then require extra money just to write an attorney a letter?
–Shannon

Jonathan Ginsberg responds:  Shannon, there is nothing inconsistent in a doctor’s desire to help you and that doctor’s need to earn a living and to provide for his family.  Like lawyers and other service professionals, doctors earn their livings by selling their expertise and time.  Writing letters uses up time and I, personally, have no issue with a physician asking for a reasonable fee when he performs a service for you – especially a service that you and your lawyer will use in a court proceeding.