How much should you pay for a consult?

@#

*sigh*

*mutters... and if you sought consult at the other clinic, that would have been P450...*

So tell me guys, how much do you feel should you pay for a consult given the following parameters:
- you go see a doctor, he/she examines you, tells you you have so and so, and prescribes medicine.
- No special diagnostic procedure was necessary to arrive at the diagnosis (and yes, the diagnosis was the right one).
- No surgical intervention or cross reference with other disciplines was necessary.
- You can pay. lol

Factors to consider:
- the number of years spent studying to become a doctor
- the investment put in by the doctor to set up his/her clinic
- the specialty of the doctor
- the demand for his/her services in your lifetime

Comments

  • batang uliranbatang uliran Administrator PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    I have been out of circulation in the Philippines for a while and I know the US is an entirely different market but consider that for an initial office visit, the charge ranges from about $40 to $250 depending on what the doctor codes which in turn is dependent on the amount of time spent interviewing and examining the patient.
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    For neuroscience specialties, average PF would be around PhP600-1000 on initial visit and around PhP500-800 for followups. Neurologists tend to charge a little more compared to neurosurgeons because of the very very long neuro exams they have to perform per patient. I think the neuroscience specialties charge the upper borders of what PFs should cost, though, and most specialists (including IM and ob-gyne) charge around PhP300-500. Subspecialists charge a lot more, of course--one neuroophtha I know charges PhP700 a visit whether or not a minor procedure is performed (i.e., using mydriatics or octopus perimetry), and one ENT charges at least PhP800 sans procedure. So don't worry about the PhP250. It's actually pretty low for an ophtha consult--most GP's don't even charge that low.
  • slurbrunslurbrun the LibRan PExer
    tita ko got charged with P250 sa derma consultation niya (which is mura di ba) pero yung cream, binentahan siya, P1000. Okay lang naman sa kanya.

    Pwede ba 2 gives? LoL
  • dotcomdotcom Member PExer
    Low na pala yung PF ko.... eh to think I don't even charge for follow-ups....

    *sigh*
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    Ngii, maybe you should start considering charging for follow-ups, let's say even just for non-post-ops.
  • dotcomdotcom Member PExer
    Ira: Much as I would want to, I still cannot see the reason why I should charge a patient for something that is in essence a continuation of the prior treatment. I find it unfair, specially if it is just to see how treatment has been going on. The follow-up is part and parcel to the treatment, so why charge separately? I can understand it if the treatment is to be a long and tedious process, but for someone who, for example, suffers from a simple case of keratoconjuntivitis and comes back after a week to show you things are fine, kelangan pa ba?
  • batang uliranbatang uliran Administrator PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    It is of course up to you but the usual practice is to charge for every visit - initial visits costing more and follow-up visits less.
  • IraIra Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    That's a noble idea, and of course it's your choice. :) But dotcom, ikaw lang ang alam kong doktor na ganyan ang charging system! :D What BU said is the one that's being practiced all over town kasi--so for your patient complaining of a PhP250 fee (which is low na) for the duration of a treatment--sobra na yun!

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