There is a joke going back generations about how doctors don’t ever list or advertise their prices.
Some people assume that patients should expect and anticipate high prices, especially if medical insurance is involved. But if you don’t have insurance and have to pay for your appointments in cash, knowing the price each doctor charges is extremely important. This happened to me when my old insurance suddenly quit covering appointments with the general practitioner that I’ve been seeing for the past fifteen years. I wasn’t willing to switch doctors, so I pay the cash price once a year to stay on his patient list and continue receiving my medicine refills. It’s a small price to pay to keep getting my necessary medications and not seeing half a dozen doctors who don’t know me and want to play games with my pharmacology. But I’m not just paying out of pocket for my general practitioner, I also pay cash twice a year to see my marijuana doctor. He charges $150 for each visit, which is more than a lot of places but less than a few others. It’s worth paying the extra price because they understand my needs and treat me fairly. If I need an increase on my allotment for medical marijuana THC milligrams in the state registry, they’re happy to make the change soon after I reach out. I have heard of many cases of people who have ended up unhappy with their cannabis physicians because the doctor tried to pry into the person’s medical history too much. This is worrisome if you have a history of taking mental health medication, which sets off alarm bells in the heads of those who have a stigma towards those drugs.