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Some doctors want your credit card number before they’ll make an appointment
Washington Post

After a year abroad, my daughter came home last summer, unusually fatigued and with more severe asthma symptoms than when she left. After a thorough checkup, her new doctor, a family practice physician, referred us to five specialists, so I put aside a morning, and my insurance card, to make the appointments. Turns out, though, that to guarantee appointments with two of the practices, I also needed my credit card — to make a down payment on the visit.