self-pay

adjective
\ ˈself-ˈpā How to pronounce self-pay (audio) \

Definition of self-pay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : allowing customers to pay for goods or services without assistance (as by using a payment kiosk) a self-pay parking garage self-pay gas stations
2 : making payment (as of a medical bill) with one's own money rather than money from another source (such as a health insurance company) Self-pay patients who are uninsured will typically pay roughly 25 to 40 percent of the total price for ER visits—so the larger the charge, the larger the out-of-pocket bill.— Anna Wolfe : relating to or involving payment (as of a medical bill) with one's own money self-pay treatments/procedures the hospital's self-pay options The increase in insurance deductibles and self-pay portions of costs for outpatient services …— Pamela Sherrod … the hospital said the MRI price in the survey was too high. But it would not disclose what it said would be the self-pay price.— Anna Werner

self-pay

verb
self-paid\ ˈself-​ˈpād How to pronounce self-pay (audio) \; self-paying; self-pays

Definition of self-pay (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to pay (something, such as a medical bill) with one's own money rather than money from another source (such as a health insurance company) The average person cannot afford to self-pay for bariatric surgical procedures …— Neil Hutcher

First Known Use of self-pay

Adjective

1932, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1990, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-pay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-pay. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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