What do specialists charge their poorest patients?
Specialists are charging low-income patients $26 less for an initial consult compared with their wealthiest patients, Australian economists say.
The discounts vary substantially between specialties, with neurosurgeons charging their higher-income patients $53 more.
Dermatologists and ENT specialists also discriminate highly according to income (see table below).
The researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) called their paper Bleeding Hearts, Profiteers or Both?