Dr. M S Barthwal replied
It is clearly mentioned in the practo app that consultation fee is only indicative & may vary. In my clinic consultation fee is collected after the completion of consultation & till date none of my patients who have been charged Rs 2000 had any objection to this increased consultation fee because of comprehensive nature of consultation, more than one hour spent on consultation, not prescribing unnecessary investigations & medicines, not advising unnecessary admissions to hospital & not advising frequent follow ups ( the cost of which may go higher than my consultation fees). Moreover, my consultations are taken by those distressed & unsatisfied patients who have already been to numerous doctors & have already spent a significant amount of money. It is absolutely wrong on the part of this patient to comment that patients primarily choose doctors based on their consultation fees. Had it been true, then in spite of having maximum indicative consultation fee of Rs 1000, I wouldn't have had so many very satisfying patients(as verified by patients feedback). For your kind information, had you come for follow-up with me, then the consultation fee would have varied Rs 1000-1500, depending upon the time spent with you in explaining various new queries & explaining the the investigations report, if asked for during first consultation.