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The amount of money that a local Social Services Department in the UK may invoice a person receiving a service.


Managed care The posted price of a service provided by a hospital or health care facility; Medicare requires hospitals to apply the same schedule of charges to all Pts, regardless of the expected sources or amount of payment. See Fees.


1. In electricity, the amount of electrical force present.
2. To add electrical energy to a battery.
3. The cost to the patient and/or the third-party payer for a medical service or hospitalization.

covered charge

A medical service reimbursable by a third-party payer.

customary and reasonable charge

The usual cost of a service to a patient. The term is used in the medical insurance industry to determine the amount the provider will be reimbursed for the service or procedure. Under Medicare, this is the lowest customary fee charged by a physician for a service or the prevailing fee of other area physicians for the same service.

maximum allowable charge

Abbreviation: MAC
In medical care financial management, the maximum reimbursement rate a health plan will allow for the cost of services such as prescribed medicines or professional fees.

prevailing charge

The typical fee that a health care provider bills for a service, e.g., an office visit or a surgical procedure.
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BEIRUT: Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr pressed charges Wednesday against a policeman and six inmates, including five members of Fatah al-Islam, for allegedly attempting to smuggle a potentially dangerous chemical substance into Roumieh prison.
According to Nada Bakkary, a spokesperson for AFTE, students pressed charges against university vice president Hamdi Hassan, assistant vice president Ali Abu Bakr, and director of security Mamdouh Abdel Latif.
Prosecutors have pressed charges against 18 Bulgarians as a result of an international police operation against child pornography on the internet, the Interior Ministry said on April 28.