Lawyers, Doctors and Disbursements

Not long ago, Ontario doctors (who are compensated by the provincial government under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)) started charging additional fees for services that were not covered by OHIP. I recently received a letter from a neighborhood physician setting out his pay-per-service fees. Faxing and photocopying were listed at $31.45 for the first five pages, and $1.23 for each additional page. Although I personally don’t charge clients for most types of “disbursements” (such as photocopying, faxing, long distance, etc.), most local law firms charge about 25 cents per page for photocopying and about 50 cents per page for faxes. Sure makes lawyers sound like a bargain.