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November 05, 2017

Choosing a Private Doctor

Choosing a Private Doctor

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One of the many benefits of deciding to go private with your medical care is the freedom to choose your doctor. But before you begin your search, there are various things to consider

Cost 

It is important to establish a budget early on in the process. Unless you have private medical insurance, the cost of private medical care is likely to be substantial depending on your treatment. You should ask your chosen doctor about what you will be charged for in advance of treatment. Charges vary from provider to provider, but prepare to be invoiced by your surgeon, an anaesthetist and the hospital in which your treatment will take place.

Finding your doctor

It is important to choose a doctor that you are 100 percent comfortable with. Take the time to speak directly with the selection of doctors and surgeons that you have chosen and ask the following questions: 

  • What qualifications do you hold?
  • Can you provide a detailed profile of your experience?
  • What papers on your area of expertise have you published in medical journals? 
  • How many operations of the specific type I require do you perform yearly? 
  • Can I speak to previous patients about their experience with you? 

Whether you need knee surgery or heart surgery, make sure you do your research and opt for the right doctor for you.