One of the most difficult questions patients can ask, is: “I want to know the cost of the procedure, just more or less, before I come in for a consultation.” I fully understand the concern of the patient, however, should we really choose our doctors based on the fees they charge? Maybe the cheapest plastic surgeon is not the best one or does not offer the best pre- and post-surgical care. And asking the doctor’s receptionist what a procedure will cost, prior to a consultation, is like asking a car mechanic what it will cost to fix your car, without telling him the make, model and year.

You have chosen your medical aid, and the specific plan you belong to – and you should understand the implications of your choice. Inevitably you need to make decisions based on your economic means, but this could still leave you with large copayments to settle medical bills.