A Quick Note on Pricing
There is an old saying that “you get what you pay for”, and that “the price is long forgotten when you get the result you expected”.
Both of these are true, but presume you get the result you wanted, and unfortunately in Medicine there are just so many things that can influence the final outcome, that it is not uncommon for patients to feel that their result isn’t what they expected.
My suggestion is to check very carefully what is and isn’t included in your quotation.
There are many shortcuts that compromise patient care and the outcome.
Unfortunately as a prospective patient you are invariably not told of these until after the surgery.
You should ask;
Who is performing the surgery, Is it you or someone more junior?, what are his/ her qualifications, Are they actually a surgeon? – this seems very simple and obvious -and it is if they are!
But you would be very surprised to learn who is out there performing operations.
(Accredited Fully Trained Australian Surgeons will have a certificate that says “FRACS”)
How many of these operations did he/ she do last month?
Is there an anaesthestist involved, can I get his/ her name, are they registered with ANZCA? (like FRACS is for surgeons, The Australasian College of Anaesthetists is the only official body for registered anaesthetists- and you can easily check them out by calling ANZCA)
Am I going into a hospital (you should be). Is the hospital accredited, can you show me their Certificate of Accreditation?
What about revisional surgery? If I am unhappy, are you able to fix it, or will I be referred to someone else? Who pays for the revision?
Further, there is now significant government regulation around what is considered cosmetic surgery, and many operations are now longer covered by the Government and your Health Insurance.
If you have been given an ‘item number’ you need to confirm with your Health fund that they will actually pay on this number. Otherwise you will have significant extra cost.
If you are dealing with someone who is reputable, these are simple, straightforward and easy questions. Do NOT be afraid to ask to see the certificates. If you are being given a difficult time, or being fobbed off- ask why??
Like most things if you are warned ahead of time you can take appropriate action. It is just when it all goes wrong and you weren’t told that you get particularly upset.
As they say, if it all seems too good too be true, there is usually a catch.