It’s important to find out and learn as much as possible about the treatment you need and the care provider that will carry out the procedure. Get information from multiple care providers to compare their services, treatments, cost and credentials.
The things that need your attention and consideration will vary depending on your personal circumstances and the type of patient you are.
For a self-paying patient, the biggest consideration has to be the cost of the treatment or procedure. Some hospitals and clinics may offer all inclusive packages that are fixed and cover every aspect of the procedure, from consultation to clinic fees and follow up appointments. Packages will vary depending on the care provider, in terms of what is and isn’t included in the price. It’s important to get costs clarified before the treatment or operation begins.
Once you are given a quote, its also important to find out how long the quote is valid for, so you’re not surprised with any changes in price.
What is the cancellation policy of the hospital or clinic? This may be something you rely on if you change your mind or for some reason the procedure is no longer suitable.
As a self-paying patient its important to consider how the treatment will be funded. Will you need a loan or does the hospital or clinic offer a payment plan?
Patients with health insurance
Patients with health insurance should make sure they consult their insurer to find out if their treatment is fully covered. The health insurance company will provide details of the policy and will be able to tell you if anything is excluded from the cover. If the cost of procedure isn’t completely covered by the insurance, they will tell you how much you’ll need to pay towards the treatment.
Before agreeing to anything with the private hospital or clinic get approval from the insurer. This will secure your position ahead of the treatment.
Maintain good communication between the hospital or clinic and the health insurance company. Make sure any disagreement or discrepancies are answered with, and agreed by, all parties before moving forward.
Scheduling the treatment and aftercare
When you feel ready to continue with your treatment, inform your consultant and book an appoint at the best hospital or clinic that can meet your needs. Depending on the treatment and the consultant’s availability, waiting time will vary.
It’s also important to consider:
- How much time you need off work?
- Do you have family duties, how will you manage this after your procedure?
- Do you need to stay in hospital?
- How long will you have to stay there for?
- What is the recovery time?
- What is the success rate?
- Will the outcome meet your expectations?
- What are the potential risks and side effects
When trying to arrange medical treatment there are a lot of factors to consider. For the period of your treatment, try to set aside plenty of time and be as flexible with your time as possible so that if a complication does occur you can stay longer and resolve any issues with very little difficulty.