My doctor told me that my fee was $75 from here on out. Now i am paying $250. I am low income, disabled and need the medication he prescribes and he is the only doctor in my area that prescribes this medication. I have to go to him but cannot afford the fees. He told me and shook my hand on $75 per visit. Now I never see him there is always another Dr. there instead like he is avoiding me. And they threaten to stop my medication if I cannot come up with the $250.
While oral agreements are enforceable in most jurisdictions, they are very hard to prove. It always comes down to "he said, she said." Plus, as was stated, there could have been a modification and it too, could have been oral -- on your part. There are so many exceptions to legal rules. To be safe, you might consider consulting with a Michigan business attorney. Good luck!
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Yes., an oral understanding can be deemed an enforceable contract. He offered the initial visit at $75 and you accepted and paid that amount. That doesn't necessarily mean that the $75 visit will never change, as you have discovered. The contract can also be amended between the parties. Each visit constitutes a contract, with an offer and acceptance. If the offer of $250 per visit is too costly for you, you do not have to accept that contract. There exist agencies, such as county health depts. that may be a good source for you and your special medication. Good luck.
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You need an attorney, but for $175 per visit it is very doubtful that would be economical. Go to the physician explain your position and ask for consideration otherwise you will have to find a different medical services provider.
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