Wallet Biopsy

A cynical term used in fee-for-service health care systems for the assessment—e.g., examination (’biopsy’)—of a patient’s wallet for insurance coverage information to determine whether he can pay before admitting him to a hospital or performing expensive procedures
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Moreover, the state already had a dedicated pot of money for providing health care to those who failed the wallet biopsy.