Frequently Asked Questions
Who Administers the Anesthetic?
A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer your anaesthetic, stay with you during the entire operation, and will be there as you wake up.
Who can I contact if I have questions or concerns?
Post operative patients have 24/7 access to medical staff to answer any questions or address any issues or concerns a patient may have. Patient and surgical coordinators, as well as nursing staff, are available during normal operating hours and after normal operating hours, Dr. Barr is available by pager and cell phone.
Where will my surgery be performed?
Your procedure will be performed in the state-of-the-art facilities of Barr Plastic Surgery, located within the Northern Ontario Surgical Centre. The Northern Ontario Surgical Centre has been awarded accreditation by the CAAASF (Canadian Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities) and the CPSO (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario) for meeting the standards of a hospital in regards to monitoring, emergency and resuscitation equipment. With two levels and entrances that conceal the actual size of the facility, the centre itself spans 8000 square feet and incorporates fully equipped major and minor operating rooms, a monitored multi-bed recovery area, 10 laser and treatment rooms, spacious consultation areas, private offices, elegant waiting areas and a private waiting room and secure rear entrance/exit for additional privacy when you leave after your procedure.
Is my procedure covered under insurance?
Cosmetic surgical procedures are generally not considered to be insured services, however, certain procedures may qualify. More information about the coverage eligibility of your surgery can be obtained during the consultation process
Payment Related Inquiries
Is a deposit required? When is it due?
There is a $500 deposit for any surgery under $5000, a $1000 deposit for any surgery over $5000, and a $2500 deposit for any surgery over $10,000. This deposit is payable upon scheduling a surgery date. This fee is non-refundable should you change, reschedule or cancel your surgery within 4 weeks of the surgery date.
When is full payment required?
Payment for your surgery is due 14 days prior to your surgery date. Payment can be made by:
- Certified Cheques
- Mastercard or VISA
- Financing plan
Do you offer a financing plan?
Affording your procedure can be made simpler by using a medical financing company, such as Medicard, which enables you to pay for your surgery with monthly payments. Please note that these companies are not affiliated in any way with Barr Plastic Surgery. For more information on how financing can help you afford your procedure, visit www.medicard.com or call 1-888-689-9876. Some advantages of using financing include:
- Fax, online or phone application
- Approval within 1 business day
- Payment terms: 6 months to 5 years
- No down payment
- Rates based on overall credit history
- No penalties for early payments
What is included in the surgical fee?
The facility fee includes the following:
- all surgical supplies, drapes, sutures, disposable items, medications used during the procedure and surgical instruments
- the specialized surgical team including Dr. Barr, the anaesthetist, nursing staff, recovery room staff and processing staff
- operative garments and dressing supplies
- follow up visits
You will also be provided with prescriptions for medications to be taken after surgery. If you do not have coverage for medications, these medications will be at an additional cost to you.