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Practice Fee

What is the “practice fee?”

A practice fee is an annual fee charged to patients who wish to join the practice. Its purpose is to cover physician's expenses not covered by insurance. It gives you and me the flexibility to orient your care around you rather than your insurance company.

What other benefits are afforded by payment of a practice fee?

In short, the practice fee allows me to keep my practice small. Keeping my practice small does two things. One, a small practice is much easier to access and practice fee patients can expect same or next (business) day service when appropriate. Second, I can provide a more flexible delivery system than that dictated by the insurance companies allowing me to save you visits by using email and the telephone when it is medically appropriate.

There are two ways to pay the bills in medicine today. See as much volume as you can in a day while paying other people to do most of the work. Or, give patients a high quality relationship-based experience. The practice fee supports the quality-based model as opposed to the volume/quantity-based model.

How do I pay

  1. Calculate practice fee payment amount using tables following How much is the practice fee?.
  2. Pay practice fee, either by mail or online. To pay online, use the drop down menu to pick your practice fee category.
  3. To complete payment online, click Buy Now button, and then make donation (if applicable).
  4. Make donation to Undaunted Carnival (if applicable)

How much is the practice fee?

The practice fee is determined by income level. Rates are discounted for couples and families to encourage my practice of family medicine. It is important to remember that the average national rate for a practice fee is approximately $1500 per person per year. In my practice, the highest fee is less than the annual cost of cable television. I am trying to balance fairness with an ability to keep my practice small and thus deliver the kind of care I feel people of all income levels deserve. My current rates for the annual practice fee are…

Practice Fee Chart Without a Donation to Undaunted Carnival Foundation

Previous Year's Income for Residents of New Mexico
Household income of less than $40,000 income of $40,000 or more
Individual $330.00* $585.00*
* includes Albuquerque, New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax
Previous Year's Income for Residents of New Mexico
Household income of less than $60,000 income of $60,000 or more
Couple $495.00* $875.00*
Family $550.00* $950.00*
* includes Albuquerque, New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax

If you are paying the full practice fee (individuals making $40,000 or more or couples and families making $60,000 or more) you have the option of donating 10% of the practice fees to my foundation, The Undaunted Carnival Foundation. These contributions are tax deductible.

Practice Fee Chart With a Donation to Undaunted Carnival Foundation

Previous Year's Income for Residents of New Mexico
Household Practice Fee Donation
Individual $520.00* $60.00‡
Couple $785.00* $85.00‡
Family $845.00* $95.00‡
* includes Albuquerque, New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax
‡ tax deductable

A separate payment of 10% of the total fee before the deduction needs to be paid in addition to the above payment. Check or credit card are accepted and you will receive a receipt for your tax records once the donation is paid.

Payment must be made at the time of service.

Do I have to pay the practice fee to be a patient in Dr. Unverzagt's practice?

If you wish to become a new patient, the answer is yes. I am only accepting new patients who are willing to pay the practice fee.

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