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    price, fee or charges

    Poor people should pay half the price / fee / charges for medical treatments.

    Which word/s in bold should I use?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: price, fee or charges

    The three are all slightly different.

    price : the figure set for the purchase of a treatment and can contain a number of factors - nursing, medicines, dressings, consultation, "board and lodging" if an in-patient.

    A fee : usually the amount paid for the services of a clinician or specialist.

    Charges : the individual elements that are contained in a price.

    I would phrase this "At most a poor person should only have to pay half of his/her medical costs".

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