Is it common to charge for a consultation?
To quote Nobel Prize winning Economist Milton Friedman whom we could SURE all use today - "There is no such thing as a free lunch..." There is ALWAYS a reason why something is "free".
All well trained professional charge for their time. Lawyers do. Accountants do. Even Plumbers do. When a plastic surgeon does not - there is a reason.
Most "free" consultations are nothing of the kind. They are usually short, rushed screenings conducted by a doctor in a hurry or more commonly they are conducted by a patient coordinator which often derives part of her income based on how many of these "free" consultation patients she "converted" (IE sold) into paying patients. Then you will be under more pressure to schedule then and there.
Personally, I charge a small amount for a face to face, unhurried consultation with the patient. If he/she decides to proceed and have the surgery within 6 months of the date of consultation, we deduct the cost of the consultation from the professional fee of the procedure - thereby the consultation REALLY becomes free.
In my opinion, both the surgeon and the patient benefit from this balanced approach.
I hope this was helpful.
Peter A Aldea, MD, FACS
It is the option of the surgeon to charge or not to charge. There is no right or wrong answer to this question. If paying for the consult offends you, many other great surgeons don't charge, so vote with your feet!
Free versus charged consultation
Some surgeons charge for their consults, others don't, and there are different philosophies as to why some do and some don't. It's important to understand that whether or not a surgeon charges isn't really a reflection on the quality of his or her work or ethics-- in other words, just because one surgeon offers free consults, it doesn't mean he is any less of a surgeon, and just because one surgeon charges say $150 or so, it doesn't mean he is trying to charge someone unfairly or anything like that. I would recommend seeing the person who you want to see and perhaps even one or two others, just so you may get the most information and be able to make an informed decision about what procedure will work best for you.
Yes it is very common to charge for a consultation
It depends on the area of the country and what other surgeons are doing. Don't pick your surgeon because they give a free consultation. Ask friends, your family doctor, and use all sources. Pick your surgeon based on results and experience, not because he/she may charge a consultation fee (which is usually applied to surgery anyway). In our Santa Rosa plastic surgery practice we charge a very modest consultation fee which is then applied to surgery. It reduces the number of "tire kickers" and allows us to spend more time with those patients who are truly interested.
Is it common to charge for a consultation
Thank you for your question. Yes, some doctors do charge for consultations. Not all Plastic surgeons charge for consultations though. It really is up to the doctor. It all depends on the doctor and the area you live in. Best of luck!Dhaval M. Patel DOuble board certified Plastic surgeon Hoffman Estates BarringtonOakbrook Chicago
Every doctor has his or her own guidelines regarding
consultation fees. Some doctors offer free consultation appointments to
prospective patients. Still, some doctors charge up to $500 for
this appointment and some offer free consultations with most applying the consult fee to the surgery fee. Typically, in this case, the fee for the consultation is
applied to whatever procedure you have should you choose to move forward with
that particular surgeon.
Charges for a plastic surgery consultation
In my practice I do do charge for consultations. The price of the consultation is certainly not a way to generate revenue, but rather a way to see people who are truly serious about having surgery performed. In some practices, getting new prospective patients through the door is the first priority. I give prospective patients respect and an hour of my time during the consultation. I cannot imagine having the time to adequately care for my patients post-operatively if I had a schedule full of no charge consultations with people who may or may not be serious about having surgery.
Before paying for a consultation, do a lot of research on your plastic surgeon. You can learn a lot by spending time on a plastic surgeon's website. View before and after photos, learn about their philosophy and know about their training and education.
Plastic Surgery consultation fees
Every plastic surgery practice differs.
It is common to charge for professional consultation fees. Fees vary by surgeon and region. These fees are usually nominal. Some surgeons put the fees toward a procedure, if you decide on surgery. Some surgeons put the fees toward charity work, such as reconstructive surgery for patients without insurance. Some surgeons put the fees toward teaching and student education.
Regardless, the consultation fee should not be a deciding factor regarding choosing a plastic surgeon. Best of luck.
Every region is different. My office policy is yes. We do charge for a consultation. A full physical exam and discussion is performed and my expert advice is given.
When you go see your family practice doctor or your pediatrician, you pay a fee or copay. Your plastic surgeon is no different. You are asking for their time and that involves a fee. If you email your lawyer and ask him a question, you will get a bill in the mail for his time.
Having said that, not all plastic surgeons charge a fee however. So you can still look around and find one that does not charge a consultation fee. Just because a plastic surgeon charges a consultation fee, it does not mean that the are good!