Insurance Industry Wins, Low-Cost Doctor Raises Fees

A New York City doctor whose low-cost health care plan angered state officials has agreed to increase his fees.

The state Insurance Department told Dr. John Muney last month to end the $79-a-month medical service at his AMG Medical Group clinics in all five boroughs. Department spokesman Andy Mais says Muney was violating state law by basically operating as an insurance operator without a license.

The monthly fee buys unlimited office visits, including certain tests and in-office surgeries.

Muney will charge $33 per visit for all but preventive care, which Mais says brings him in compliance. Muney's spokesman says he'll challenge the restrictions through legislation.

Muney, a former surgeon, started offering the $79-a-month plan in 2008.