It pays to be prepared before you go into hospital. Here's a guide of some good questions to ask your specialist.
About your condition and treatment
- Can you explain my condition to me?
- Do you have any information I can take away with me?
- What are my treatment alternatives?
- What could happen if I don't have this treatment?
- Where will I be treated?
If it’s not a partner hospital we’ll only pay a Limited Benefit and you’ll be significantly out-of-pocket.
- What do I need to do before admission?
- Do I need to stop or start any medication?
- Do I need to go to a pre-admission clinic or get any tests?
- How long will I be in hospital?
- Who will be doing the surgery/procedure?
- Will I need to have an anaesthetic? If so, what will it involve?
- How quickly will I recover?
About your fees
- Who will be treating you and will they participate in GapCover (to keep your costs to a minimum)?
- What other costs are involved?
- Will there be any other specialists involved, e.g assistant surgeon or anaesthetist, and will they participate in GapCover?
- What are the total costs involved?
Your specialist should provide you with an estimate of medicals fees prior to your treatment so that you’re fully aware of what you’ll have to pay. This will enable you to provide Informed Financial Consent.
- Can I get a written estimate of these?
- Can you provide me with all of my relevant MBS item numbers?
- If I need any prostheses, what out-of-pocket expenses could there be?