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Private Healthcare : The Basics Explained

Some state hospitals have been coming to short-term agreements with private hospitals so as to clear their backlog of operations. The reason is that waiting lists for operations have become so long that it is a risk to give patients waiting any longer. Still, many patients have no choice but to wait as long as they have to, even though the operation they require is an essential one that would lead to the quality of their life being greatly improved.

Appointments for planned, elective procedures can occasionally be hampered by unforeseen circumstances beyond the hospital’s control, such as severely adverse weather conditions. Bad weather conditions, for instance, and also reduced budget allocations. Circumstances such as these inevitably have a knock-on effect on operation waiting lists.

With the pressures on public hospitals resulting in extended waiting lists, an increasing number of patients now look towards the alternative option of private healthcare. For some, ‘going private’ might seem daunting, however,, it really is not so difficult once you understand a little about how the process works.

In most cases, a local doctor is the initial port of call. They can give professional advice and help the patient make an informed decision on the best way to meet their specific needs. Should tests or investigations be required, for example, a private hospital should be given serious consideration, as it is always important to get an early diagnosis. You can, however, still have the operation at a state hospital afterwards.

Most medical consultants work in both fields, based in private practice at a local private hospital, whilst also being employed by a state hospital. For patients wishing to see a hospital specialist privately, their local doctor can make the necessary arrangements for them. Some people opt for private healthcare so as to ensure that they are under the care of a particular consultant of their choice, who might be one they have seen in the past or had recommended to them.

Booking to see a specialist privately generally takes around two weeks. The consultant’s personal assistant liaises directly with the hospital regarding the admission of patients. Although private hospitals are not allowed to recommend individual consultants, it is permissible for patients to contact their local public hospital and enquire where a particular specialist bases his private practice.

It is by no means always necessary to access private healthcare via a local doctor. Some services can be arranged by contacting the private hospital direct. For an increasing number of people, the solution is to take out a private healthcare plan, or expat health insurance as it is known if you live abroad. Such cover gives you the option of using the traditional public hospital route or accessing private healthcare directly.

Please visit the the Premier Choice Group website for access to the best possible expat health insurance rates for all levels of cover irrespective of your country of residence.

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