Patient perceptions on physician reimbursement in plastic surgery

Ryan M. Garcia, Ezequiel H. Cassinelli, C. Scott Hultman, Detlev Erdmann

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Abstract

Background: Public perception on physician reimbursement may be that considerable payments are received for procedures: a direct contrast to the actual decline. We aim to investigate patient perceptions toward plastic surgeon reimbursements from insurance companies. Methods: A survey of 4 common, single-staged procedures was administered to 140 patients. Patients were asked for their opinion on current insurance company reimbursement fees and what they believed the reimbursement fee should be. Results: Eighty-four patients completed the survey. Patients estimated physician's reimbursements at 472% to 1061% more for breast reduction, 347% to 770% for abdominal hernia reconstruction, 372% to 787% for panniculectomy, and 290% to 628% for mandibular fracture repair. Despite these perceived higher-than-actual-fee payments, 87% of patients thought reimbursements should still be higher. Conclusions: Patients surveyed overestimated plastic surgery procedure fees by 290% to 1061%. Patients should be informed and educated regarding current fee schedules to plastic surgeons to correct current misconceptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-76
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of plastic surgery
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • patient perception
  • plastic surgery
  • reimbursement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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