Tuesday 19 August 2003: The Hospital Saturday Fund (HSF) has launched a health care information line to answer the questions of members of the Extra Cover Schemes such as how far you are up the list for your hip replacement? Is your hip replacement nearing the top of the waiting list? If you want to go privately where do you go, for what cost and how do you pay for it?
The information line helps scheme members, their partners or dependants find and arrange the treatment they need at a convenient hospital. HSF has contacts and skills to negotiate a package price based on timing location and budget.
The package, subject to an initial assessment by the medical consultant, includes all specialist fees plus guarantees for readmissions should this prove necessary, so there are no hdden extras.
The helpline also explains the options available for financial assistance to fund medical treatment and will advise on the cash back options in the scheme which can help to cover the costs of the treatment.
By Barbara Cockburn