Oooops, I always pay cash (UK), hoping for discount. You are refreshing, AprilShowers. Strangely, I've yet to be shown the door, there's no sign of any of them finding it demeaning, they seem pleased to see me, and they all have professionals to do their tax avoidance. In fact the desk staff find it very amusing because of the undertones. I usually quip along the lines of 'this is for the new Mercedes fund'. And I'm not actually seeing much difference these days between a plumber, cowboy builder or casual worker; an honest transaction.
SPMCC speaks of 'negotiating with a Doctor and paying cash' as if he was a plumber, cowboy builder or casual worker. Most people would find this demeaning and in some circles the Doctor will quickly show you the door. Paying him cash and using this as an negotiating ploy as the wrong undertones, it clearly suggests an underhand payment to him and tax avoidance.
Welcome to the new rationalised NHS and desperate measures. For us, turns out it was a big mistake trusting the NHS to look after the children and not getting UK private health insurance. It's not the docs, they've been as kind as they can be, it's the NHS funding. Not so dissimilar, are we.
Hope you get sensible feedback on Dr M to help your decision LVNatalie.
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