In this, our second article on choosing a private hospital for your treatment we provide guidance around what might cost. What’s included and what’s not; read on for easy to follow tips on working out the financial aspects of your treatment.
Cost is of course, going to be among the top considerations when it comes to your choice of private hospital.
Check out each hospital’s website to see which procedures are offered as there will likely be slight variations (you can view our prices for self-pay treatment here). It’s best to compare all hospitals to find the right fit for you.
One of your first considerations should be to ask each hospital if a fixed-cost package is offered for your treatment; such packages help make it clearer what you will ultimately pay for your treatment. If they are available, ask what the package consists of. Does it include for example, your initial consultation or is that a separate, standalone cost?
Don’t forget, as well, to ask about incidental fees that may be added to your final bill. For example, does the hospital offer free, on-site parking to all patients and is that included in your package? If not, you may end up having to leave your car in a public car park during your time at the hospital, or even use public transport with all the current social distancing restrictions.
Keeping in touch with the outside world is important, especially if you have to spend time in hospital. Will you have cost-free access to TV, Wi-Fi and telephone during your stay?
It’s also worth remembering that, accessing treatment through private medical insurers can be different from the self-pay route, as you may have to complete additional paperwork before being given the go ahead to book your procedure.
Ask for a written quote from each hospital so you know what is covered and you’re able to compare at your leisure.
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Published on 21 December 2020