Patient perceptions on physician reimbursement in plastic surgery.

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Journal Article

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Garcia, RM; Cassinelli, EH; Hultman, CS; Erdmann, D

Published Date

  • July 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 73 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 74 - 76

PubMed ID

  • 24918737

Pubmed Central ID

  • 24918737

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-3708

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31826c4315

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States