Dr Li: Okay, I'll take a look. It looks a little discolored. We'll get a set of X-rays today to get to the bottom of it.

Tina: X-rays? Will that be an out-of-pocket expense?

Dr Li: No, you're due for a set. It'll be covered by your insurance.

If you break it down what does "due"& "a set" mean and also overall meaning?


disclaimer: not medical advice.

He probably means that you can get a number of x-ray prints (a set of them) made for free.

due adjective 1.2 (of a person) having reached a point where the thing mentioned is required or owed. ‘she was due for a rise’ - ODO

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    I've added a definition and edited your answer for clarity and formatting. Please feel free to edit further or to roll back the changes. – Lawrence Dec 29 '17 at 16:22
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    I would agree. As he is talking about discolouration it sounds as though Dr Li is a dentist and Tina is a patient with an insurance plan. My limited experience of dental plans is that periodic X-rays are part of the plan and when they are due the insurance company will pay for enough X-ray shots to give a complete view of the state of Tina's teeth. These X-ray shots form a set of X-rays. What Dr Li is saying that enough time has passed since Tina's last set of X-rays that the insurance company will pay for another set. – BoldBen Dec 29 '17 at 21:58
  • Thank you all for good responses >> BoldBen & Lawrence & ODO – Haji Shirzad Dec 31 '17 at 23:29

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