Your specialist plays the most important role in your hospital journey from start to finish. One of the biggest advantages of being a private patient is being able to choose your specialist, so take this opportunity to do some research, become more informed and select a specialist you feel confident with.
Getting a second opinion is much more common than you think – which is a good thing. It means people are making sure they’re completely happy and confident with their proposed procedure.
If you’re uncomfortable with your diagnosis, proposed treatment or costs, speak with your GP about getting a second opinion – you’ll need a new referral for this. Call your GP about what is the best way to do this, it might only be a phone call.
Asking the right questions at your initial visit may help you have a better understanding of your condition, treatment, and potential costs involved.
You should walk away from your specialist appointment with:
Health Partners Access Gap Scheme is designed to lower or eliminate your specialist’s bill for an in-hospital procedure.
We have arrangements with thousands of medical specialists Australia-wide who have agreed to either charge:
• No out-of-pocket cost, or
• A reduced amount for medical procedures.
Before signing and consenting to your treatment, make sure you fully understand your condition, procedure, risks and expected outcome.
You may need to sign a written consent form, which is considered a legal document, giving your doctor permission to perform your procedure. Before signing and consenting to your treatment, make sure you fully understand your condition, procedure, risks and expected outcome.
It’s your right to receive in writing, from your specialist and hospital, a breakdown of all costs associated with your treatment, which may include:
Most specialists, including the anaesthetist may request payment to be made prior to your surgery. You need to understand and consent to these charges before your procedure can go ahead.
If you’re unsure about any area of your procedure speak with your specialist before giving any form of consent.
If you prefer to finish your recovery at home, whether it’s an early discharge or rehabilitation in the home, speak with your specialist upfront about your options.
Our Hospital in the Home program helps eligible members leave hospital early and finish recovering in the comfort of their own home.
The information contained here is of a general nature and does not take into account your personal medical situation. The information is not a substitute for independent professional medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or used for therapeutic purposes. Should you require specific medical information, please seek advice from your healthcare practitioner. Health Partners does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided.