Block ZocDoc From Violating Professional Medical Ethics And Making Health Care Expensive

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Effective October 1, 2018, ZocDoc is charging medical practices a referral fee for patients who book appointments through ZocDoc.com.  It used to charge just a flat fee.  But a referral fee is illegal for patients with Medicare and Medicaid plans, so ZocDoc is waiving this fee for Medicare and Medicaid patients.  Instead it is charging for patients with private insurance.  We think in principle it should be illegal to charge this referral fee for anyone.  It violates professional medical ethics, and New York State has a law prohibiting referral fees.  ZocDoc is trying to get an exemption of this law from the New York State Office of Inspector General.  ZocDoc should not be above the law.  ZocDoc needs to cease and desist from charging a referral fee.  If they do not, medical practices need to voice their concern by canceling their ZocDoc accounts.  They can't be a part of this ZocDoc scam.



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