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Re: therapist rate hikes

Posted by DAisym on December 31, 2007, at 15:27:26

In reply to Re: therapist rate hikes, posted by raisinb on December 31, 2007, at 13:31:52

I've been thinking about this lately too. I've been in therapy 4 1/2 years without a rate hike, but then again, I go 4xs a week and pay full fee - no insurance cuts, because my company has a reimbursement policy. I figure in some ways I'm getting a "volume" discount - plus I'm awfully reliable unless I'm traveling for work. We did come to an agreement about phone calls a while ago - I pay for phone therapy sessions. If I call him and it is a 5-minute, touch base, things are fine check in, then I don't. But if we spend time talking, then I do. It makes me feel better.

And...this is the business part of the work that no one really likes. I think it is up to the therapist to bring it up, to discuss rates and billing, etc. in a way that doesn't depersonalize the work. That is a tall order, because, of course, we all get our feelings hurt: "you mean you don't work with me just because I'm the gosh darn best patient you ever had?" -- Eat? What do you mean eat? You have to eat? pish-posh...

This is a tough subject.




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