Is It Appropriate to Charge Patient's Credit Card Before Procedure?

Why did the doctor charge my credit card before I even had my procedure?

Doctor Answers 5

Pre-pay before surgery

The idea of pre-paying before cosmetic surgery is a norm all across the country. In order to schedule surgery, there has been a lot of investment in time on everyones part. Further, outpatient surgical centers also ask for payment in advance. If one decides to not show up or provide sufficient notice then both time and money is wasted for everyone involved.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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27716 Cashford Cir
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Pre payment for plastic, cosmetic or aesthetic surgery.

Taking payment in full prior to an elective cosmetic procedure is a usual and customary practice in plastic surgery. Typically, surgeons will even request payment several weeks in advance to determine who is serious about scheduling.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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880 W Central Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Is it normal to have to pay before my procedure?

Hi there-

It is customary, and absolutely appropriate for your provider to have charged you before the procedure. Unfortunately there have been many problems over the years that people have been seeking cosmetic improvement that necessitated this approach, but I can assure you the same would have been asked of you in my office or that of any other provider.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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7009 Dr. Phillips Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Cosmetic surgery practices

It is a common practice for patients to prepay for their cosmetic surgery. If you are using a credit card to pay for your surgery, it is appropriate to prepay before surgery. However, this practice should be made clear as to what you are paying for in terms of procedures, follow-up, touch-ups.etc, and what cancellation or refund policy it includes.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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462 N. Linden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Cosmetic surgery is fully paid before the surgery

The fees for all cosmetic surgery are customarily paid in full before the surgery is performed.  Credit cards, checks etc are all acceptable forms of payment but are in the bank preop.  That is to prevent a patient from refusing to pay after, a practice which years ago necessitated this national policy.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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1135 116th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

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