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See You in 6 Months. And Your Insurer Is O.K. With the Bill
New York Times

While you’re putting your clothes back on in the doctor’s exam room, a new conversation could begin. Not between you and the doctor, but between your doctor’s software system and your insurer’s system. Here’s how it could work: A claim is generated and submitted electronically before you finish tying your shoes. By the time you reach the checkout desk, your doctor has received a payment commitment from your insurance company, just as Visa and MasterCard provide to a merchant after a customer swipes a card.

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