Archive for October, 2011
Often, people visiting a cosmetic surgery clinic in a private hospital may never have been to a private medical facility before. They’ll have general questions about how the process works – how they pay, for example, when to pay and even who it is that does the paying. Some of the most common are addressed here.
Payment is top of the list for questions about private medical care. Most of us know that you can pay for your own treatment if you have the money (that’s the point, after all, of a private hospital) – but how does it work?
Generally speaking, patients at a private cosmetic surgery clinic will either pay for their own treatment or have insurance pay for it. Some medical insurance, of course, will not pay out for certain cosmetic procedures because they aren’t correcting illness or life threatening conditions. However, plenty of private hospitals will let patients pay for their own treatment and may even offer special rates should they choose to do so.
MRSA is another general concern – and one that can often motivate the patient to choose to use a private hospital in the first place. Private cosmetic surgery clinics often experience a much lower volume of MRSA cases (and in some shining examples, no cases at all) because they tend to keep their patients either in private rooms or on very small wards (double occupancy rooms). The lack of open wards minimises the risk of MRSA – as of course does a thorough screening programme and a vigorous health and hygiene routine.
NHS treatment at private installations is also a current hot topic. It is now possible to get NHS treatment at some private hospitals. Treatment for NHS patients now takes place at a large number of UK private hospitals and cosmetic surgery clinic locations: in order to cut waiting times, the Government has introduced a “Patient Choice” initiative that allows people to get treated in private facilities, on the NHS, where space is available.
NHS patients coming into a private hospital often wonder if the standard of their treatment will differ from the treatment received by privately paying individuals. In all institutions that provide the kind of care you would expect from a private facility, the answer is a resounding “no”. The NHS patient who ends up in a privately run cosmetic surgery clinic or a private hospital will receive the same excellent standards of treatment as everyone else.
There are some kinds of surgical procedure and treatment that a private facility may not provide. Should you need the services of a heart surgeon, say, or cancer treatment, your doctor will refer you to a private facility that does provide the treatment you need.
It is worth noting that some private hospital locations will not treat inpatients under the age of 16. A cosmetic surgery clinic will also have age restrictions in place.