Mr Freedman - Orthopaedic Surgeon
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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.
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