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11Apr

New research reveals that the proposed European Union legislation to end free consultations for cosmetic procedures would restrict patient choice and drive up the cost of treatment.

On average, a patient considering a surgical cosmetic procedure in the UK has four consultations with a surgeon before deciding on their provider. The proposed ban on free consultations, which will force patients to pay to meet a surgeon, is likely to result in patients undertaking fewer consultations – ultimately reducing patient choice.

Research reveals proposed European Union (EU) legislation to end free consultations for cosmetic procedures would increase the cost of a typical cosmetic surgery procedure by 15-20%

Research reveals proposed European Union (EU) legislation to end free consultations for cosmetic procedures would increase the cost of a typical cosmetic surgery procedure by 15-20%

With patients paying an average of £1581per consultation, if the proposed EU ruling comes into force, patients would be forced to spend an additional £632 on top of the cost of their procedure.  This would increase the price of the average procedure by between 15 and 20%.

Pat Dunion, Chief Operating Officer of Transform Cosmetic Surgery, said: “The proposed new EU regulation reduces patient choice and will undoubtedly result in a less well-informed patient.

“Charging people every time they meet with a surgeon will discourage patients from seeking advice from multiple sources. Transform believes patients, should they wish, have the right to seek alternative opinions without being financially penalised for doing so.

“Charging for consultations is not in the interest of patients and benefits no one except surgeons who see this as a revenue stream.

“There is a sense among many patients that if they have already committed money to speaking with a surgeon, they should proceed with an operation so as not to waste money. 

“We believe all cosmetic surgery patients should be entitled to a free consultation. Without this, it becomes the preserve of the wealthy. A considered and well informed decision should not be dependent on how deep a patient’s pockets are.”

1Research conducted amongst a representative sample of clinics and private practices offering cosmetic interventions between 24th and-26th March 2013

 

Blog article written by Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group

  

3 Responses to Proposed EU Regulations set to increase costs & reduce choice for cosmetic surgery patients

  1. laser skin resurfacing

    So may peoples solve their skin problem.s But most of the people prefer to go for cosmetic surgeries like laser skin resurfacing and other kind of cosmetic surgeries. Cosmetic surgeries make women more beautiful.

  2. Kane

    i had a nose job done in middle shocol and it turned out great! lol but my parents were there so thats probably why they let me. just bring your parents and try going to a major hospital like in downtown. usually theyll accept more people at those places.hope i helped

  3. Man Mikula

    If you decide to have cosmetic surgery, it’s very important that the surgeon and other healthcare professionals who will be carrying out the procedure are fully qualified and experienced in the type of procedure you’re having…

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