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    My daughter needs her tonsils and adenoids out. Specialist said that public waiting times at the moment are around 2-3 years.

    We don't have private hospital cover at all, so planning on funding it privately.

    Estimates have come in at around $4,600 to do it as a day procedure and then pay for a hotel room close to the hospital to stay the night so we're close. Or about $5,200 to do it as an overnight stay.

    These amounts after deducting any estimated Medicare rebates we'll be able to claim.

    Anyone had experience with doing it privately with no hospital cover and can weigh in if those costs sound about right? We're in Brisbane.

    Also for those who have had kids have the procedure how was the first night after them having it? Did they stay overnight in hospital? If they did, knowing how they were after surgery would a hotel have been ok or did they need lots of medical attention?

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    Where I work the surgeons won’t discharge tonsils same day, they always stay overnight incase they bleed.

    The only consideration is if there is an issue or complication costs add up very fast. Think extra blood tests or a scan/X-ray, another specialist. This is obviously rare but it happens and then as well as saving a life your health team are also thinking about your expenses. This is probably less of an issue as any sick kid would be taken to QCH.

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    Would your specialist perform the procedure in a public hospital?

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    Quote Originally Posted by green tea View Post
    Would your specialist perform the procedure in a public hospital?
    Unfortunately not, he only works out of 2 private hospitals.

    We have just decided to pay the extra for the hospital bed for peace of mind.

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    Yep my DD stayed overnight. Have you rung other places to see what their waiting times are like? Or talked to health insurance to see how long it would take before she’s covered? It might be cheaper. Sometimes iselect and the like knows which companies have reduced waiting times

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    Quote Originally Posted by green tea View Post
    Would your specialist perform the procedure in a public hospital?
    This is what we did. The first specialist my GP referred us to didn't do this but a friend recommend a different one who did. He had a 'waitlist' at the public hospital, so it still took about 5 month's, but it was much faster than being in the public system.

    I'd think 100% they'll want an overnight stay. DD was having Obs done hourly through the night.

    Have you checked with all the hospitals he works from. There may be one not as close but cheaper. I had day surgery not long ago and was surprised at the price differences. The cheaper ones all had longer wait times though.

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    Our surgeon doesn't do the private patient in public hospital thing.

    And we did have the choice of overnight or day surgery. We chose overnight.

    She had the surgery 2.5 weeks ago and she's all recovered now.

    It was about $5,500 in total.

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    It’s a sad state of affairs when the waiting time is 2-3 years

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    Would you be better off taking out health insurance and asking to pay the last 12 months to avoid waiting periods? I think there’s some health funds that allow this.


 

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