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It’s just a phase

Areader wrote me the following. Larry, do you have any insight into the gray area dealing with the transition from phase 1 (early treatment) to phase 2 (secondary treatment)? Doesn’t the nature of early treatment create an “open endedness” to the doctor-patient relationship? The waters get muddied because most practices I’m aware of either have phase 1 and phase 2 fees, or give some type of credit for what was paid during phase 1 to be applied to the phase 2 fee. This being the case, if you want to terminate the doctor-patient relationship in these phase 1 to phase 2 cases, I wonder where the financial obligations regarding treatment begin and end?


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