Consideration is being given to the possible arrangement to accept payment for clinic consultations via credit cards. There are additional fees that would need to be passed on to the patient if this payment option were to be implemented as well as consideration of whether China's financial and regulatory systems would allow for the addition of the offshore card processing provider to work, as well as considerations as to how fund transfers would take place. This is still a work in progress and there are no guarantees that overseas issued credit cards will be able to be accepted.
FMC is trialling direct billing with 'MHS (China) Health Insurance' through 2014. Patients with MHS insurance policies need to present their members card at the time of the consultation for direct billing to occur. Any co-payments and deductibles that are meant to be paid for by the patient are to be advised to the nurse when billing occurs. FMC also has a additional co-payment that applies to all patients irrespective of the method of payment at the time of billing or any arrangement that the patient has with their insurance company. The FMC additional co-payment is to be paid in cash.
At this time no trials for other 'health insurers' are planned although FMC has been approached to set-up co-operation with other health insurers. A decision on whether to pursue direct billing with either MHS or other health insurers on a permanent basis will likely depend on the outcome of this trial.
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