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    Default extra money given to a doctor

    Hello,

    I would like to ask for help about the following:
    In my country there is a special name for the amount of money that some patients like to pay (voluntarily) doctors after a visit or a successful medical intervention.This money is usually given directly to doctor in person.

    I wonder if there is a name for such amounts of money in English as well.

    Thank you for your help.

    heyt

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    Default Re: extra money given to a doctor

    I am not familiar with this practice, but it sounds like what we call a tip. A tip is what you give to a waiter or other person who gives you personal service - a valet, a bartender, a barber, etc.

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    Default Re: extra money given to a doctor

    It sounds like a tip to me too, but we don't tip doctors in the UK.

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    Default Re: extra money given to a doctor

    You could call it a 'gratuity' - a posh word for 'tip'.

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    Default Re: extra money given to a doctor

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Heyt:


    I just thought that you would like to know something that is somewhat related to your question.


    Here in the United States of America, some doctors are becoming concierge doctors. For example, I used to go to

    Dr. X. I did not pay any money, for here in the United States the government usually pays for old people, such as I.

    He was a very nice doctor, but one day he told me: "I am becoming a concierge doctor." He said that he would be glad to

    continue being my doctor, but he would give me extra services if I paid him $1,000 a year. These extra services would

    include: same-day appointments, access to his cell phone number, etc. (I now go to another doctor.)

    *****

    It is only my opinion that most American doctors would be offended if you used the word "tip," which seems to be

    a word for money to service people (waiters, taxi drivers, etc.). If I wanted to give money to a doctor for extra great

    help, I might say something like: "Doctor Hippocrates, I have been feeling really well since you operated on me. May I

    please give you this small token of my appreciation?" (I would then present him with an envelope containing a tasteful

    card, in which a crisp, new $100 bill was enclosed.)


    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 25-Nov-2012 at 16:50. Reason: decided to change "new, crisp" to "crisp, new."

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    Default Re: extra money given to a doctor

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Here in the United States of America, some doctors are becoming concierge doctors.
    I don't know about other BrE speakers, but you introduced me to a new term.

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    Default Re: extra money given to a doctor

    In the UK, we do not pay for public health services direct so we would certainly never hand money to a doctor. If we choose to use private doctors, they already charge so much that there is very little chance that we would want to give them any more on top!
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: extra money given to a doctor

    I've never heard of a "concierge doctor" either.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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