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Fetter Family Health Ctr

51 Nassau St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 576-5378
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Fetter Family Health Ctr - Charleston, SC


Editorial review from Citysearch 11/8/2013

Buyer Beware! This establishment needs to be more forthcoming with their billing practices/charges. Franklin C Fetter is touted as the place to go for poor and uninsured patients. However, I recently visited for asthma related condition, told to bring in proof of income, household size etc. Told I qualified to pay the $30.00 on their sliding fee scale. No bad or discourteous treatment!! However... I have recently received a bill for my first visit for 'doctors charges' $146.00! What a surprise as it was never explained that I would receive additional charges. I have been back to the clinic two additional times for asthma related problems, paid $30.00 again with no explanation that there would be additional charges. Now if the billing follows the same pattern I can expect two MORE bills for the possible total of $588.00. This is overwhelming. One of the reasons I left my primary care doctor was that I couldn't afford the $58.00 to $86.00 payment for cash paying patients. One of the reasons I chose Franklin Fetter instead of an allergy asthma specialist was that I couldn't afford the $300.00 to $700.00 initial fee for their services. Correct me if I'm wrong but I have checked and the fee for an established patient attending a specialty doctor(ex: allergist, cardiologist, rheumatologist) around $60.00 to $200.00. I saw a NP(nurse practitioner) and a physicians assistant while at Franklin Fetter. My respect to both the P.A. and the N.P.(particularly James Dove, very knowledgeable and focused). I realize this may be the practice in the medical field to cut corners(perhaps not having to pay the previously mentioned as much as a doctor) but for the rates Franklin Fetter charges, I could have seen a specialist for my illnesses. I cannot afford those fees. Who is to blame here? I simply want to say that prospective patients need to be CLEARLY told and perhaps even sent home with written notification that EVERY time you visit Franklin Fetter you will be charged a sliding scale fee (if you qualify) AND additional doctor/P.A/N.P. fees of probably $150.00. It seems the only benefit that comes with the visit to Franklin Fetter is that I can pay these bills stretched over a period of time, something that doesn't seem to be practiced in non clinic doctors offices. I do have to ask though, at the prices Franklin Fetter charges for their services, is this any true and cost saving benefit? Is this a 'break' for the poor and uninsured? I do not expect something for nothing. Perhaps more truth in advertising, to use a popular phrase. Thanks for reading, I hope for success of the needy searching for solutions for their health troubles. more
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