Are You Providing Pro Bono Medical Care? [A Voting Poll and Survey]

Is Less or More Planned in 2022?

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A survey in 2011 suggested that more than 40% of the country’s doctors are doing less pro-bono work due to managed care, and the resulting decrease in personal income.  Today, some pundits wonder if the exacerbated cause was the ACA?

AAFP Intervenes

To combat this unintended economic phenomenon today, the organization Volunteers in Healthcare – now with the American Academy of Family Physicians – offers a free information patient record system to track the medical care given to the uninsured. The system allows physicians to track and store information on patients, visits, providers, clinics, referrals and more.  It is guide-driven with sample reports that can be reconstituted to provide summary statistics on patients and providers.

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And so, as a doctor, do you plan on doing less or more Pro Bono medical work in 2019 and beyond?


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4 Responses

  1. When professional courtesy could get physicians in trouble
    [Have we fallen down the rabbit hole?]

    More likely than not, a physician or a dentist has provided discounted or free healthcare services to a few patients by waiving all or part of a fee, or the co-payment and/or coinsurance obligations as a “professional courtesy.” In my office, we marked the “super bill” as P/C.

    But, according to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Compliance Program for Individual and Small Group Physician Practices guidelines, this practice may expose the doctor to investigation.

    This topic has been written about before on this ME-P. I myself lectured on it more than a decade ago to much derision and disdain from colleagues.

    It was even included in the book “Risk Management and Insurance Planning for Physicians and Advisors”.

    So, as a former insurance agent, financial advisor, certified financial planner and risk manager – I’m pleased that it is finally coming to the attention of the medical community. It is an important, yet disheartening, topic.

    Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP™


  2. Impact of Michigan’s Recession on Ability of The Health Care Safety Net to Provide Health Care

    According to a report released by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), from 2007 to 2011 uncompensated care provided by Michigan hospitals increased 42 percent, and patient volume at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) increased by 22 percent.

    The number of uninsured increased by 133,000, yet there was no net increase in the number of free clinics statewide. In fact, five of seven free clinics in the Upper Peninsula closed, leaving just two clinics for the entire population.


    • The Medicaid coverage rate increased steadily from 12.2 percent of the population in 2007, to 17.5 percent in 2011.

    • The number of patient visits for medical, dental, substance use and mental health care at FQHCs increased from 1.6 million in 2007 to nearly 2 million in 2011.

    • At FQHCs, mental health visits increased by 128 percent, far surpassing the increased visits for dental care (36 percent), medical care (21 percent) and substance use services (11 percent).

    • While the total number of free clinics remained at 75 across the state, the geographic distribution changed greatly. Southeast and Southwest Michigan saw increases in the number of free clinics, yet the Upper Peninsula lost seven of nine clinics.

    Source: Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation


  3. Is PRO-BONO Medical Care – A NO-NO?

    Juggling patient finances and caring for the sick is increasingly detrimental to your practice health.

    And, now providing financial assistance to patients is not without some legal risk.

    Dr. Meyers


  4. Pro-Bono

    Fake charity care that hospitals give, is actually from huge write off’s saving them on taxes, and passed on to taxpayers and those people with insurance.

    True charity care by private physicians has plummeted because most are working for large corporate entities or government.

    Craig Wax DO
    via Ann Miller RN MHA


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