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11 Apr 2006

coast for treating VALVULOPATHIE in SA,and in which hospital
My friend is suffering from VALVULOPATHIE. I contacted some doctors from France and they are very expensive because they said my freind need an operaion. How much can it cost to treat VALVULOPATHIE in South Africa and which hospital is indicated for that. Please help!!!
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HeartDoc

01 Jan 0001


Dear Flubert,

Valvulopathy is a broad term and could mean anything from a leaking valve to a narrowed valve, or a combination of the two, and could affect 1,2, 3 or all four valves of the heart. I do not know exactly what is wrong with your friend. Depending on this, so the operation will differ, and the costs as well. What this means is that until your friend has been examined by the cardiologist and surgeon, he cannot know what operation he needs, so he cannot know what costs to expect.

If your friend is not a South African citizen, then he would need to go to a private hospital. Each hospital has its own fee structure, so he would have to get a quote from the hospital of his choice. Then, he will also have to get a quote from the surgeon and the anaesthetist. The sum of these three quotes will give him a minimum cost.

As you can see, I cannot give you any idea of what the costs will be – that he will have to get from the actual doctors and hospitals concerned.

I hope he gets the surgery he needs.

HeartDoc.
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