Patients Mired in Costly Credit From Doctors


The dentist set to work, tapping and probing, then put down his tools and delivered the news. His patient, Patricia Gannon, needed a partial denture. The cost: more than $5,700.

Patricia Gannon, 78, of Dunedin, Fla., received a line of credit from First Health Funding at an annual 23 percent interest rate for dental work. She was later offered a medical credit card. Articles in this series are examining financial challenges and pitfalls faced by older Americans in lean economic times.

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