I think that “Non refundable deposits” are wrong and have no place in patient care. So you will not be asked to pay anything to reserve a date for surgery, etc. If you change your mind, then you should not be penalised. Afterall, it is a big decision.
I do not believe in “time limited offers”, etc. They are bad practice. So you will not be told that if you pay a deposit now then it will cost you less. You should never feel coerced into going ahead with surgery. I will arrange for a formal quote to be sent out after the first consultation. This will take into account all of the specific parts to the procedure which will be tailor made for you. The price will reflect the complexity.
I follow the General Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice Guidelines and always write to your GP if we go ahead with surgery.
The first consultation is also where we can get some rapport as Doctor and Patient. That is a really important thing as trust is vital in any professional relationship, expecially one involving surgery.