Always received a free service from my dentist, suddenly he wants a fee, but after services were provided. Am i responsible?

Asked over 1 year ago - Saint Petersburg, FL

Used to work there. He established the free service once I was going there as a patient. I wasn't informed before the service that this time there was going to be a fee, by either the Dental Hygienist, the Dentist or the secretary. After my dental cleaning I was told the Dentist no longer wants to do free cleanings and there is now a charge for today.

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  1. Jesus Novo III

    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . While it's nice to get freebies, you got a service and if the price is reasonable and comparable to what others are charged, you will probably be required to pay it, so go ahead and pay it and next time ask for a price before getting the service.

  2. Adam L Rothenberg


    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . Not sure why you would expect the services for free. Certainly if services were provided and accepted, one can expect that you would owe payment for those services. You may want to discuss with the dentist, but not sure why you would think that he should not charge you unless there is more to the story.....

  3. David Ian Schoen


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Pay it you probably needed it anyway.

  4. Lars A. Lundeen


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . I suggest you speak with your former boss about this change in policy and advise him that you did not anticipate a fee and would like to work out a payment schedule and see what he says.

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  5. Clifford M. Miller


    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . Yes, you are responsible to pay whatever is reasonable.

    This is a summary based on incomplete facts. You should not rely on it as legal advise. No attorney-client... more

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