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Can private doctor rates be justified

13 February 2014, 11:51
We know that private health is worlds apart from public health - and nobody goes to public health by choice, but my question is - how on earth can these people who claim to be in services that help people justify charging such exorbitant rates?

A friend (couple) of ours had a baby last week. while in theatre, the anesthetist pulled out his mobile and showed a message to the husband saying "there was a balance left over yesterday, was it paid?" - in the theatre - in the middle of the c-section procedure.

I know (we had the good pleasure of engaging his services) an orthopedic surgeon - who is excellent at his job and also very professional, sympathetic and caring - a professional I would LOVE to visit if I require his services, BUT the dude charges at least R1000 per consult - he consults at least twice a week with about 15-20 consults a day. To add to this, he is in surgery at least twice a week with at least 10 patients a day and a minimum of R10 000 per patient.

This is just doctor's fees!

Now, to many of us out there, it might not matter, as "we have medical aid" - these are profit schemes who do not lose - under any circumstances... at the end of the day, even if "medical aid" pays for it, we the patient are really paying.

What are your thoughts? can such rates be justified for one individual?

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