For Anesthesiologists Who Charge by the Hour, is the Bill Only for Time in Surgery?
When an anesthesiologist (recommended by the plastic surgeon) charges by the hour for general anesthesia, is the clock ticking only during the actual surgery? For example, I was recently told of a plastic surgeon who was 2 hours behind schedule for a surgery that took 3 hours, and the person was billed for 5 hours of time. This seems highly unreasonable, especially as it wasn't the patient's fault. Is this a standard billing practice, and something patients should be worried about?