Third-party payment

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Third-party payment is the term used to refer to payments for medical services and procedures by a third-party, usually public or private medical or health insurance company or government program.

Third-party payment for non-therapeutic or unnecessary medical procedures encourages the performance of such services, simply so the attending physician can collect a fee.

Third-party payment for injurious medically-unnecessary, non-therapeutic child circumcision in the United States keeps the incidence of non-therapeutic circumcision of children higher than any other industrial nation. The only party to benefit from such third-party payments is the receiving physician, or hospital.

United States Medicaid is one of the largest third-party payers for medically-unnecessary, non-therapeutic circumcision.[1]

The American Academy of Pediatrics created its 2012 policy statement (now expired) specifically to preserve and protect third party payment.

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  1. REFjournal Adler, Peter W. (2011): It is lawful to use Medicaid to pay for circumcision?, in: Journal of Law and Medicine. 19: 335-353. Retrieved 8 November 2019.