Mr Freedman is very happy and willing to see uninsured patients (public patients) in our private clinics.
Many orthopaedic problems do not require surgery and can be managed with conservative (non-operative) treatments. We find that patients greatly appreciate access to good advice and direction such as recommendations as to which physiotherapist to see or how to rehabilitate a particular injury.
When surgery is required/recommended, Mr Freedman’s practice manager will be able to generate an accurate all-expense quote as to the total cost of self-funding surgery in the private health system. The cost to self-fund surgery will vary depending on the nature and extend of the operation. For example, joint replacement surgery (where a prosthesis will be inserted and an overnight stay required) is considerably more expensive than keyhole or other day surgery.
There are several options of uninsured patients who want surgery in a private hopital. For non-urgent problems, it may be appropriate to plan surgery for a future date and to organise private health insurance in the meantime. The waiting period before you can access funded surgery after taking out insurance (usually 12 months) is usually still significantly shorter than time on a public hospital waiting list and you will have the peace of mind that your surgery will be performed by a consultant surgeon of your choice.
Please do note that we cannot expedite treatment for uninsured patients through the public health system.
Patients wanting treatment through the public health system will need to get referred from their GP to an appropriate public hospital. Mr Freedman will certainly be able to recommend particular colleagues/public hospitals that he feels may best manage your condition and can and assist with referral to the public system if required.
Frequently Asked Questions by Uninsured Patients:
- Q: I do not have health insurance. Should I be treated through the public system or go privately?
A: This is a personal decision.
Australia is fortunate to offer a good public health system where patients will receive good care.
There are, however, some potential issues to consider. For example: (i) When being treated through the public system you will usually encounter several waiting lists – e.g. a wait to get a clinic appointment (from the time your GP makes the referral) and then a potentially lengthy wait for surgery; (ii) As public hospitals serve as teaching hospitals your surgery is likely to be conducted by a trainee (usually under the supervision of a surgeon), (iii) you generally cannot choose your surgeon or the precise scheduling of your operation, (iv) Post op follow up is conducted in a large public clinic and you are unlikely to see the same doctor ant subsequent appointments (v) Your stay in hospital is likely to be in a shared room.