This happened to a physician I worked for once. He decided not to charge for either procedure (the hospital didn't charge either). Of course it's entirely up to the doctor, but if it was his error, I don't think he should charge for the incorrect procedure at all. If it was a procedure that had to have pre-certification the insurance company probably wouldn't pay for the 2nd procedure anyway. There are now protocols inplace at the hospital my doc worked at to help revent this type of thing, when the patient comes in to the holding area he/she is given a marking pen and asked to make a arrow on the correct body part. After anesthesia is induced, there is a time-out called and the records are checked to verify the correct body part and side.
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