balance bill

verb, transitive + intransitive

Definition of balance bill

: to bill a patient for the balance of the costs of medical services not covered by the patient's insurance provider A provider who has agreed to accept assignment as payment in full cannot balance bill the patient.— Debora A. Slee, Slee's Health Care Terms, 2007 The Canadian evidence suggests that the easier it is for physicians to balance bill, the more difficult it is to control fees.— John Holahan, Medicare Physician Payment Reform, 1986

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Other Words from balance bill

balance bill noun
When confronted with a balance bill, do not hesitate to call the doctor and discuss payment. — Walecia Konrad, New York Times, 1 May 2010
balance billing noun
Many have been critical of a January California Supreme Court decision that banned balance billing — Paul Raeburn, Star-News (Wilmington, North Carolina), 30 Aug. 2009

First Known Use of balance bill

1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Balance bill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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