Wallet Biopsy

Wallet Biopsy:examination, before medical service is provided, of a patient’s ability to pay, enabling the health care provider to decide whether free or discounted medical care is appropriate

Below are instances where “Wallet Biopsy” has been used in context.

“Mr. Kramer passed what is perhaps the most exacting transplant screening test, what some call the wallet biopsy. After initial denials, Medicare and his private insurer, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, agreed to cover the costs of the transplant, allowing him to travel “out of network” to Pittsburgh for the procedure.”
Word Spy

“Laura Siminoff, a bioethicist, called this the “wallet biopsy,” during which a person’s financial standing comes under scrutiny.”
ABC News

“Most important, the potential patient must do well on a very precise wallet biopsy performed to ensure they can pay for a surgical procedure that might cost as much as $200,000.”


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