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Patient Resources

Choosing Your Doctor – Ask Questions,  It’s Your Right.

In addition to providing exceptional results, Dr. Goldberg offers transparency into plastic surgery fees for our patients to compare value. Surgical outcome, patient safety and affordability are all discussed on the same page in a changing world dominated by a the topic of affordable care.  However, it remains the patients responsibility to learn about a surgeon background, skills and reputation,  You should  ask important questions and not be intimidated by flashy advertisements or aggressive marketing tactics.  Remember, during your consultation you are interviewing the doctor and we know it.  Ask them to clarify their training and board certification.  Get as sense of their skills,  results and reputation.  In addition to looking at photographs ask to speak to former patients, and you may want references from hospital or surgery center nurses and personnel who work with your doctor on a regular basis.

One feature of Health Care Reform is greater visibility of patient costs and fees and outcomes.  We are working to create a list of fees for patients to see on this web site. They soon will be posted.  Please understand that the fees are approximate as variations in procedure choices, surgery times, implant types and styles, dosing increases for botox, dysport and fillers and other factors can alter your actual charges.  However, we are creating menus to publish price estimates so patients can develop their own early opinions regarding affordability.

Surgical Fees and Patient Financing – How to Get Your Surgery Now

Patient financing for all of Dr. Goldberg’s procedures may be available to you through Care Credit.  To the best of our ability we will work with every patient to help you get the surgery you want right now.  We have numerous very low interest rate financing options if you need to take that route to get the procedures you want done as soon as possible.  In a contract arrangement with Dr. Goldberg, Care Credit offers low cost payment solutions with very low interest rates.  Care Credit helps you get the procedures you want now – without delaying – and lets you decide on a payment option that makes the most sense to you.  Our Office Staff can give you information about obtaining financing for any surgery including cosmetic breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, and facelift procedures.  We will also let you know which Care Credit plans we accept.

We strive to work with each patient based on his or her particular financial needs and provide options for payment such as Care Credit to help our patients obtain their goals whether it be cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.  We accept Visa and Mastercard as well as payment in the form of Cash, Check or Cashier’s Check.

We are contracted with Medicare and Community Health Plan as a preferred provider.  We can bill most insurances and develop a plan to work with reconstruction patients on an individual basis.

We are accepting new Medicare and other insurance patients.

When you have completed your cosmetic consultation appointment with Dr. Goldberg we will give you an estimate for surgery which will include Dr. Goldberg’s fee, the anesthesiologist, cost of implants if a breast augmentation, assistant surgeon if needed, and the facility fee at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula or the Monterey Peninsula Surgery Center.

Many of our procedures such as Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), Liposuction, Scar Revision, Excision of Skin Cancers and Moles, Lesions, and Skin tags, can often be done as office based surgery under local anesthesia with or without oral sedation.  If you are a candidate, we also offer a modified or mini facelift which can be done in the office as well.  This offers the patient cost saving alternatives to hospital and surgery center based surgery while providing excellent results.

Surgical Fees & Financing

Learning what you are paying for when you choose a Plastic Surgeon.

Dr. David Goldberg is a board certified plastic surgeon.  After high school, he completed 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 2 years of clinical research and 6 years of surgery and plastic surgery training.  That is 16 years of schooling and advanced training that occurred BEFORE Dr. Goldberg was able to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  That comprehensive education and training is now coupled with 15 years of plastic surgery practice here on the Monterey Peninsula.   Virtually 30 years of advanced education, training and practice with a focus on ONE topic:  becoming an outstanding cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon to treat you and your family.

We encourage you to learn about the difference between a board certified surgeon and other non surgeons who call themselves “cosmetic surgeons”.   Any doctor who completes medical school can legally call themselves a surgeon regardless of their training.  A licensed ophthalmologist, dermatologist, ER doctor, gynecologist or even a family doctor may open up a cosmetic boutique, inject botox and perform surgery without any true advanced or certified training in plastic surgery.  Strange as that may sound, it happens every day in every city in America.  Learn more about certified plastic surgeons at www.certificationmatters.org/abms-member-boards/plastic-surgery.aspx .  Additionally, very pricey doctors may inflate prices to create the illusion of quality.  Unfortunately, patients have few resources for gaining excellent insights.  Our best recommendation is to research your doctor and his office, seek insights from others in your community and then ask to speak to current or former patients who have had the operation you are considering.  Also, please make sure your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  Also make sure your surgeon has hospital privileges.  Most ‘doc-in-the-box’ type clinics have doctors that do not meet current standards for working in your community hospital.

Dr. Goldberg and his staff strive to provide all patients with the highest quality of care.  Each year Dr. Goldberg completes hundreds of hours of additional study and training to advance his skills in most current cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery procedures. Our goal is to maximize your plastic surgery  results while keeping prices affordable for our working men, women and children of Monterey County and Northern California.

One feature of Health Care Reform is greater visibility of patient costs,   fees and outcomes. Please contact our office for comprehensive surgical fees and options for financing.    Please understand that the fees are approximate as variations in procedure choices, surgery times, implant types and styles, dosing increases for botox, dysport, injectable fillers and other factors can alter your actual charges.  However, we are creating menus to publish price estimates so patients can develop their own early opinions regarding affordability. If cost is your stumbling block to having a procedure we have numerous resources including financing and sponsored care options.

Insurance

If you are considering surgery and are interested in learning more about insurance coverage through your health insurance, you should speak to Annette. She can be reached at (831) 649-3377

Dr. Goldberg is contracted provider for a number of insurance companies including medicare. In the event we are not a primary provider for your insurance plan we will work hard with both you and your insurance company to provide solutions that are fair for both the patient and Dr. Goldberg. For the many patients that choose Dr. Goldberg as their plastic surgeon we can offer solutions for financing through Care Credit.

In order to process any claim or get started with your insurance company, we need a full copy of both sides of your insurance card as well as your full name and date of birth. You can fax information to us at (831) 649-6725 or email us your information to Annette@goldbergplasticsurgery.com.

Out of Town Patients, Housing, Support & Recovery Services

We offer numerous services for our patients depending on your needs.

For out of town patients, the Monterey Peninsula is a lovely place to convalesce and recover from your procedures. We have a listing of preferred hotels which are affordable, conveniently located and have ADA access. For those patients interested in staying longer, Dr. Goldberg provides housing at minimal cost for patient and family members at our Carmel Valley recovery retreat.

Most all patients undergoing surgery will be seen by Dr. Goldberg and our Nursing staff on the first post operative day. When requested, Dr. Goldberg will gladly make a house call to you. We also offer overnight nursing and Medical Aid services for patient’s who require assistance or are traveling alone. Our goal is to make your surgical experience as stress-free as possible. Dr. Goldberg and his staff will always go the extra mile to provide you the support and care you need.

Some patients who have more extensive procedures choose an overnight stay in a hospital setting. We have a very reasonable contracted rate at Community Hospital that includes 24 hour, minute to minute RN nursing services.