Why does my doctor want to pay more?
I asked Dr. Michael Zagor, the founder of the award-winning Cincinnati Clinic, if there were any ways to reduce the fee he pays for psychotherapy.
He had a few suggestions: Get a therapist who’s not from outside your area, like me, and hire a psychologist who specializes in your special needs.
Find an outside psychologist that is already licensed and is certified.
Get a copy of your insurance plan.
Take advantage of the special discount.
If you’re a parent, make sure that you have a parent-teacher conference or that your child is getting psychotherapy, Zagour said.
I think there are a lot of parents out there who are struggling to pay for their child’s therapy, and I think we should be doing something to make sure we’re paying for it as a parent.
The idea for the clinic began with a conversation with a man who had been diagnosed with anxiety and depression and had been told by his psychiatrist that he should see a holistic psychologist.
He agreed to pay $600 a month for two years.
Zagour also told me he would pay $200 a month toward the cost of my psychotherapy sessions if I would agree to take the classes.
In January, I wrote to Dr. Zagors clinic, and he responded with the following email: I am a practicing psychiatrist and I have a few questions.
My name is Dr. Joel G. Zager and I am the president of the Cincinnati Clinic.
I would like to know if I can have a meeting with you regarding a fee reduction proposal.
I am interested in having a meeting so I can discuss how I would be able to improve the current rates for psychotherapists.
I have been seeing Dr. G.Z. Zanger for over two decades and have a great relationship with him.
I understand that you would be willing to work with me to see if there are ways to lower the fee we pay for psychosocial therapy.
I ask that you provide the following information.
The first question you should ask is, “Are you willing to reduce your current fee?”
The answer to that question is “Yes” if you can provide evidence that it would be a worthwhile effort.
The second question is, would you be willing, if given a reasonable amount of time, to make a commitment to reducing your current fees?
The answer is “No.”
The third question is if you are willing to meet with me in person or by phone, do you feel comfortable and comfortable to have a discussion about the reduction of your current rate?
If yes, then please tell me your reasons.
I will be happy to discuss this with you.
If no, I will work with you to find a reasonable rate.
My best, Joel G Zagoras