A doctor did not tell his patient the fees for an operation until the patient was put on the operating table, a Medical Council disciplinary inquiry heard. Dr Peter Tio Man-kwun is facing a charge of professional misconduct. Pan Kwok-ming visited Tio in a Quality HealthCare clinic on January 5, 2007, after he broke the bone in his little finger, and was advised to undergo an operation the next day. Pan said yesterday that during the consultation he had asked Tio twice about the fee for the operation but received no answer. During the afternoon of January 6, 2007, Pan said he called the doctor again and asked the same question, but also did not receive any answer. Tio told the council yesterday that he did not remember such a phone call, but said it was a standard procedure not to inform the patients of the operation fees during the consultation. Tio said he was not sure about the fees, as they varied according to the patient's insurance plan. It was up to Quality HealthCare to decide the fees. Under the standard procedure, a nurse would call the patients on the same day after the consultation. Pan's operation would cost between HK$3,000 and HK$10,000. The doctor added that he only knew that Pan was unaware of the fees when arriving in the operating theatre. After informing Pan of a total fee of HK$9,200, the operation went ahead. The hearing was adjourned until the council's next meeting in mid-June.