No Private Health Insurance
If you are not in a Private Health Fund or DVA and you need surgery, you have two alternatives:
- Go on a Waiting List at the Public Hospital, or
- Pay for the operation yourself ("Self Funded")
The Waiting List for operations in the Public system is considerable, currently upwards of twelve months, and patients are admitted to hospital on a "first come, first served" basis. The care in the public hospital is free of charge to you.
An increasing number of people are choosing to "Self-Insure" or pay for their own surgery, so they don't have to wait. This is often a worthwhile investment as it means you can have your operation done straight away or whenever it suits you. This can allow you to get back to your work and sport as soon as possible.