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Do I have to pay the co-pay in order to see the doctor?

Many insurance plans require you to pay your copay at the time you receive a service, or pick up a prescription. Your copay is a fixed amount (for example, $20) you pay for a covered health care service or prescription drug, usually when you get the service or medication. The amount can vary by the service you receive, whether the provider is your own primary care doctor or a specialist, whether a drug is generic or not and other factors. Read your plan documents carefully to make sure you understand what your copays are and when you have to pay them. 

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