Financing Your Cosmetic Surgery
The Medical Board of Australia has issued new regulations in regard to medical practitioners offering financing for Cosmetic Surgery.
Currently, doctors are not allowed to offer financing schemes to patients (other than credit card facilities), either directly or through a third party, such as loans or commercial payment plans, for cosmetic medical or cosmetic surgical services.
This means that under the current regulations, we are not legally permitted to arrange, recommend or even refer a patient to a third party for financing of their cosmetic procedure.
If you need to finance part or all of a planned cosmetic procedure, you must source such financing yourself by approaching either your bank or one of the medical finance companies that specialise in medical procedures. We are not even permitted to list them but they can be easily found online and you would need to contact them directly.
The Individual Costs of Your Cosmetic Surgery
Understandably, the TOTAL cost of your surgery will be made up of each of the following individual costs:
- Surgeon’s Fee (this may vary depending on the surgical technique required)
- Anaesthetist’s Fee
- Hospital Theatre Fee (this varies between different hospitals)
- The cost of your chosen implants
- GST (if applicable)
Based on each of the above items, you will be given a written and itemised quotation at the end of your consultation.
In the meantime, if you would like an approximate cost, please call us on 1300 73 63 53.
When comparing prices for Cosmetic Breast Surgery between clinics, please remember to also compare quality. Cut-price surgery usually means exactly that: something is being ‘cut out’! And that ‘something’ could be the quality of the implants or a doctor less experienced in cosmetic breast surgery.
So, when considering where to have your surgery, compare quality and not just price. Always remember that high quality surgery and cheap prices rarely go together!
Finally, we urge you to read our blog titled “What Price Should I Be Paying For A Breast Augmentation?” This explores the different pricing tiers in Breast Augmentation Surgery and what sort of experience and outcome you can expect at the different price levels.
1. Free Information Consultations
For patients wishing to learn more but are not yet ready to have a paid consultation with one of our Surgeons, we do offer Free Information Consultations with one of our knowledgeable Clinical Advisors. In accordance with Medical Regulations, this cannot involve a medical examination or medical assessment. It is purely an information session for you to learn more about the procedure, get answers to all your general questions, and be guided as to which of our Surgeons you would need to see. Finally, we’ll give you printed information to take away and read at home.
If you then wish to take it to the next step, you will need to book an appointment for a formal Medical Consultation with either our Cosmetic Surgeon or our Plastic Surgeon.
2. Surgeon Consultations
All Consultations with our Surgeons do involve a Consultation Fee.
So, why do experienced and reputable clinics such as ours charge for their doctor-consultations when others offer ‘Free Consultations’?
Simply because our consultations are lengthy, detailed and informative. Moreover, your entire consultation is with the Surgeon who’ll be doing your procedure and not by a nurse or other non-medical employee with only a brief ‘look in’ by the doctor – and which reportedly is nowadays so common!
Remember, it is only your surgeon who has the training and experience to:
- determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery;
- give you realistic expectations as to your likely results;
- explain which technique and implants are the most appropriate for your body;
- explain the potential risks; and
- provide you with a written and itemised quotation as to costs
As with other professions, detailed and informative consultations such as these naturally involve a fee because you are paying for the professional’s time, knowledge, experience and advice – and accordingly it would be unreasonable to expect that such a lengthy and quality consultation should be free.
Our Surgical Consultation Fees
Dr George Mayson, Certified Cosmetic Surgeon: $330 (2 hours’ duration)
Dr Sawjin Tew, Plastic Surgeon: $220 (A Medicare rebate of $85.55 applies with a referral from your GP)