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?

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