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I had an new patient exam in a surgery clinic to see if I liked them. They seemed nice, all except the legal documents they gave to me. They threatened a cancellation fee adding up to 50% of the cost of sugery (a little over five-thousand dolloars) for cancelling less than two weeks prior to the surgery date. I asked them what if I had to cancel due to accident or illness and they answered that I would need to at least reimburse them for the cost of anesthesia which they said would cost between $1700 to $2500. I feel really sorry for people who don't have the money for this and run into problems beyond their control. The last time I cancelled surgery in another office, they did not charge me and even gave back the $500 retaining fee although I had to wait for over a year. In comparison, this threat of a cancellation fee between $1700 to $5000 seems devious. Is this ethical and is it even legal?