As a patient coordinator, I often meet patients who are interested in surgical procedures but don't quite understand what goes into pricing them. I decided to write this blog and share some insight on what it entails when I quote a patient and the intricacies of pricing a surgical procedure. My job as a patient coordinator is to ensure that I'm providing high quality care services to my patients, guided by knowledge, enabled by skill, and motivated by compassion. Patients are my primary focus and the way I deliver care reflects that focus at our medical practice every single day. Pricing surgeries, however, takes a great deal of knowledge of the doctor's expenses when performing a specific surgical procedure. I wanted to breakdown some bullet points and educate readers on how prices are broken down specifically when quoting a patient for a procedure.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
The final cost of your procedure is composed of a variety of expenses including:
- Surgeon fees
- Material costs (breast implants, etc.)
- Operating room costs (staff salaries, rent, costs of operating machinery)
- Anesthesia related costs
- Any included medications or post-surgical compression devices
- Follow-up appointments
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a life altering event. While the cost of surgery is an important factor to consider, it is also crucial to remember that you will live with the outcome of the surgery for the rest of your life. Your highest priority should be to find the best provider for your specific needs. Specifically:
- Choose a surgeon with an abundance of experience and documentation of previous surgeries. For a plastic surgery procedure, choose a plastic surgeon rather than a doctor from another specialty that performs plastic surgery.
- It is important to ensure that the physician you choose understands the goals you have in mind and agrees that they are realistic and attainable.
- Make sure your surgery will be performed in a properly credentialed operating room.
- It is important to select a physician who is using high quality products (such as implants) from a reputable manufacturer.
- Be weary of physicians who offer pricing significantly lower than national or regional averages or bargain/gimmicky prices, such as Groupon or “deal of the day” offers.
- Be certain that the quoted price you receive includes all expenses (i.e. no hidden fees).
There are several financial companies who provide monthly payment financing for cosmetic procedures. This allows patients to undergo their treatment immediately and pay for it overtime. Most of these companies will even offer 0% interest financing if the loan is paid within a certain period (we offer 0% financing though our partner CareCredit, Prosper Lending and United).