Back in December the Duke of Edinburgh had a nasty shock when he was helicoptered to the Papworth for urgent heart surgery.
I believe they operated on him and inserted a stent which is a mechanism which forces open the vein and allows the blood to flow normally.
Around the same time a close friend had this same shock but then got another when he got the bill - 10000 for 5 stents to be inserted in an operation under local aesthetic lasting just an hour or so. When he first got the pain he took off for the private hospital as he had (he thought) full insurance cover. In retrospect he too would have been better going to San Llatzer where he would have got as good treatment, as rapidly and as comfortably but for free.
It set me thinking what other hidden charges are out there. I started asking around especially for common illnesses that come with age. Cataracts also do not get the treatment you may expect. In the private sector each eye will cost between 600 and 1150 depending if the patient opts for a mono or multi lens. As the disease takes hold sight becomes increasingly poor. The operation becomes a necessity not an option. I asked an Eye Specialist how they could justify not including the full treatment as a basic illness. He replied that the removal of the cataract IS included in their service JUST not the insertion of the lenses. I put it to him that JUST removing the cataract would JUST leave the patient blind and JUST put the operation outside his hippocratic oath.
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