I have an elderly gentleman that is saying that his co-pay is $50 and his doctor is putting a $1.00 tax on it. Is this legal?

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If not legal it makes me wonder how many more are being charged. I have never heard of taxing the co pay.

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There should be no tax on services. I would have him ask at office what the charge was for. Then if he is correct that they call it a tax he should call his ins company and talk with them.
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Seattle, ask if the office charges for use of a credit card. We use them on noncovered charges and have never experienced the add on fees. Firms typically factor it into the price of noncovered items, where it's less noticeable.
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FF is on the right track. If you use a debit card at the doctors office, your bank adds on its ATM fee.
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It could be if the elderly gentleman is using a credit card to pay for the co-pay, the office is charging a $1.00 for the use of using a credit card.
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Services aren't taxed. I agree with GA that the charge was probably for something else.
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Unless I'm mistaken, I don't believe that lay people, or anyone other than a governmental entity, has taxing authority under the US and state constitutions.

I suspect the $1 is a processing charge, or late charge, or something like that. Perhaps your elderly friend was confused?

Still, it's not very friendly of his doctor to do this; unless this doctor is an outstanding practitioner, I'd be looking for one who doesn't pad the bill.
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