Are CDCs allowed to charge consultation fee

Discussion in 'Cambridge Weight Plan' started by tee, 6 July 2007 Social URL.

  1. tee

    tee Member

    Apologies if this had already been dealt with in this forum, I started CD 4 weeks ago on 790kcal, seen fantastic result. I introduced a friend to the diet, but the CD counsellor she called asked for £7 consultation fee. I just want to know if CDC charges because mine didn't and also few ones I called before never asked for consultation fee
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  3. Karen

    Karen Serial Foodie!

    ive never heard of anyone asking for a consultation fee but then this CDC may offer more of a service? not sure how but it may be to cover costs of booklets and such. she may be the kind of CDC who takes pics and really gets involved. or she may be a money grabber lol. ur friend should ask what the "consultation" covers
  4. debz32

    debz32 Gold Member

    Hi there - CDCs are self - they can basically charge what they want.....

    I don't charge any consultation fee...and just charge the RRP for packs (£1.65 for shakes/soups; £1.85 for tetras and £1.90 for bars) my clients pay for what they get...

    ..but I do know that some CDCs just charge a standard weekly fee regardless of the mix...

    hope that helps.


    Debz x
  5. sonkie

    sonkie Gold Member

    I agree with Karen get your friend to ask what the consultation fee covers.
  6. htpink

    htpink CDC

    I have heard of a consultation fee being charged but as has been said - its up to each CDC!
  7. tee

    tee Member

    Thanks all, she is going to find out what this consultation fee covers.Will keep you posted. Thanks
  8. Karen

    Karen Serial Foodie!

    yeah at first i thought it was a bit dubious BUT u never know, she may offer extra services or have something thats added value. cant think what but its best ur friend find out lol. if she gets the impression that the CDC is just driven by money and little else, she can go elsewhere.
  9. It must be hard for CDC's to make money if only charging the basic rrp's? To be honest I would rather pay a bit extra and have my CDC contact me and show a bit of interest tbh... I get the weigh and the product... and I do feel like I am out staying my welcome if I chat on a bit!
  10. Debz

    Debz Cambridge Counsellor

    I think I am right in saying that we can charge what we like for the products (I know I'm right on that bit, but who's going to pay £5 a sachet - so no-one charges that much) However last year I believe we were all told we are NOT allowed to charge a consultation fee. I may have misunderstood that. But what happened was that the RRP for cartons and bars was upped to give the counsellors the same profit % as the sachets. This was done so that counsellors would stock the whole range rather than refuse to stock the cartons and bars because we made less money on them, and also to stop people charging consultation fees.

    So no I don't think we're allowed to charge consultation fees. Not unless there was something else going on like for instance hypnotherapy.

    Now did I get that right or have I misunderstood it? Anyone?

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