Is it Wrong to Try and Negotiate a Slightly Lower Price for Surgery?

i've been to my cosmetic doctor 3 times. i've referred 4 people to him for major body makeovers. I want to go back to him for a tummy tuck but his cost is a little high. i don't want to go anywhere else. Is it still wrong for me to ask him for a better price? To make it a little more affordable for me?

Doctor Answers 19

Is it Wrong to Try and Negotiate a Slightly Lower Price for Surgery?Answer:

Never hurts to ask! I know in my practice we have a reward program for referring patients (that actually schedule!!!). But I would run it by the office manager, rather than the doctor..then if you don't get the answer you want...move to the doctor!!!!!!!!!

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Price is negotiable

As with most things in life, some surgeons are willing to negotiate their price of surgery.  This is especially true when the person asking is a loyal patient and a good referal source.  Surgeons have a strict ethical code that we must follow, but there is some latitude available to reward loyalty.

It never hurts to ask.

Michael S. Hopkins, MD
Albuquerque Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 83 reviews


It doesn't hurt to ask, but in a tactful manner. Perhaps you can gently remind them that you've referred 4 patients to him.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Negotiating price

Patients negotiate price all the time,  there may be the opportunity to get a better price if you plan or gave the surgery on short notice by taking an unexpected cancellation.  I always give prior patients a discount especially if they have referred other oatients to me, but not plastic surgeons are as generous.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Rewards program very common

Prices vary by geography but in Florida it can be between $5500-$8000. Factors such as surgeon, anesthesia, and facility cost play a factor. You lose nothing by asking for a price reduction. In my practice we always give special consideration to people who refer other patients. I practice with a dermatologist so our rewards program includes rewards from both specialties. 

Raj S. Ambay, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

Should Returning Patient Ask For A Lower Fee

I agree that it's okay to ask for a reduction in fee when you've been a happy patient and have referred others. At my practice, we have a referral program which rewards patients for referring friends and family that also have surgery with us. My patients are encouraged to discuss fees, payment plans, etc. with their Patient Coordinator. We listen carefully to our patients. My Business Manager handles many routine requests, and will relay any special circumstances for my consideration. I love when my patients return for additional procedures and when they refer friends, family and co-workers too, as it is the ultimate "thank you"! 

Robert N. Young, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 70 reviews

Negotiating a reduction in cosmetic surgical fee

Your question is an excellent one and a quite reasonable one. Given that you have had previous surgical procedures with him and have referred several patients, your request is quite reasonable. It would be both the right thing to do as well as good business sense for him to offer you a significant break on your desired surgical procedure. This would be a win-win for the both of you. 

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Negotiate Prices for Plastic Surgery?

I think you will find the most plastic surgeons will not be offended ( and are probably used to it anyway) by patients requesting lower costs of surgery.  You may very well be pleasantly surprised since you are an excellent referral source for the practice.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,485 reviews

The art of negotiation.

Many patients ask for a discount and say that they will refer patients to you if you give them a discount. If you can show that you truly are the reason for these four  patients came to the doctor he or she would probable consider a discount of some amount.

Walter D. Gracia, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

Would not hurt to ask

I do not think it would rude to ask and you may be pleased with the answer.  You sound like you are an excellent referral source.

Vishnu Rumalla, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 196 reviews

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