The Federal Parliament has started an inquiry into the out of pocket costs and affordability of Australia's medical system.
There are many treatments and procedures available for free through medicare, however most of us will come into contact with the private system at some point in our lives (either through seeing a specialist who then performs a procedure in the public system, or doing an entire procedure through the public system, or maybe through allied health services).
We wanted to know more about medical costs and in our research have noticed that doctor's fees (for procedures, rather than consultations) aren't always very transparent or clear. We were very interested to hear a few stories of people bargaining for lower costs on surgeries.
So, we want to know more. Have you ever had an experience paying for private medical care (including surgery) where you've negotiated the price of your surgery, including the cost of your anesthetist? Please tell us your story below!
Let us know:
- The original quote
- What you ended up paying
- How you negotiated
This will help us start to think about how we talk about the costs of surgery, and how aware consumers are of these costs.
Thanks - Tilly, Policy and Campaigns Advisor (health insurance, travel and a few other things!)