Medical treatment in the independent sector is undertaken on a “fee for service” basis. The cost comprises a component for the hotel facilities, medical facilities, investigations and services provided by the hospital, the consultant surgeon’s fee, and the consultant anaesthetist’s fee. These may be met by the direct payment of costs, payment of an all inclusive package price, or payment in part or in full via a medical insurance company.
The contract for the provision of anaesthetic services lies directly between the the patient and the anaesthetist. Although the fee for anaesthetic services may be covered by an insurer, full and final settlement of the fee lies with the patient. Anaesthetic fees are set independently of the insurers, and they may or may not be covered in full by the insurers, depending on the “benefit maxima” of the particular company. Patients insured with BUPA in particular should be aware that there is often a significant shortfall in the reimbursement of fees by that company.
A few of the younger members of the group are “BUPA assured” in that they have agreed to charge within the BUPA maxima limits. However their availability on a given date cannot be guaranteed, and the surgeon may prefer to work with another anaesthetist who is not BUPA assured but who has a specialist interest in his field of practice.
Anaesthetists are often engaged by the surgeons at relatively short notice, for lists where the details of all the patients on that list may not be available to the anaesthetist in advance. It is not possible to properly discuss anaesthetic fees in advance in these cases. Where there is sufficient information available to us in advance of a procedure, it may be possible for patients to obtain an estimate of the fee that will be charged. Our surgical colleagues are asked to give patients our contact details in advance, and patients are strongly advised to approach us for an estimate. Our contact details are provided above.
Invoicing for the group is undertaken by a professional management company, PMMS. Any queries after billing should be taken up with them or the group administrator in the first instance. Their contact details are available on the Contacts page.
Further information on anaesthetic fees is available from the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland via the link below.