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It may sound unusual, but more patients are negotiating with their doctor to receive a discount.

Some doctors won't even talk about discounts. However, a Harris poll found that of those consumers who asked for a discount on a medical bill, almost half of them say they succeeded.

The key is to offer to pay the discounted fee immediately -- rather than pay the doctor over a period of time.

If you're not up to it, ask a friend or family member to negotiate for you.

Note: Medicaid and Medicare prohibit any such negotiations.

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