The Doctors discuss a new app that lets patients bid on cosmetic surgery. With the app, consumers select a service, place a bid and get matched with a provider. The Doctors have some mixed feelings on the subject!
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon shares that he likely wouldn't offer his services on an app like this and he worries that consumers may not know what they are getting with these doctors. Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra agrees, questioning, how do you know if the providers are truly verified and if they are board-certified in the specialty they claim to be in?
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork plays devil's advocate and says if the providers were all well-trained professionals, this would bring transparency to healthcare pricing, which for consumers is a good thing.
Dr. Ordon agrees that if the credentials were verified and you had to be board-certified to be a part of this service, it would make a big difference. It wouldn't necessarily be good for providers because it would lower costs across the board, but as a patient, if it all was legitimate, it would be helpful. Dr. Travis notes that for most elective procedures, consumers have no idea what something would cost.
Dr. Batra agrees adding that there may be factors upping the cost, like better equipment, that consumers are not aware of. Consumers need to know if they are comparing apples to apples.
Dr. Travis suggests a better app may be one that would show consumers the average price of a procedure in their region. "The more informed you are, the better choices you're going to make," Dr. Batra chimes in. Dr. Travis brings up the point that if insurance is involved it also may complicate price bidding and price checking.
When considering an elective procedure, make sure to look for board-certified physicians. Dr. Travis warns viewers with elective procedures, don't always go for the lowest price!