FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Bring a referral from your General Practitioner (or a referring specialist), any relevant test results and X-rays.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOING "PUBLIC" OR "PRIVATE"?
We are fortunate in Australia that every citizen can access excellent healthcare at no personal cost via Medicare and the public hospital system. You are not guaranteed your choice of doctor, however. Surgery may be performed by a supervised surgical trainee. You may be placed on a waiting list for treatment – though potentially life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, are given high priority.
Private care involves your choice of doctor at a hospital of your choosing. This provides you with greater control over your medical management as well as more flexibility in the timing of treatment. Waiting times are usually significantly reduced. There are likely out of pocket costs associated with this, though private hospital insurance will cover the bulk.
WHAT WILL MY COSTS BE?
Costs are very dependant on the extent of care needed – and particularly whether surgery or other procedures are required. Mr Sunil Jassal provides highly personalised, elite level care. Whilst this will usually mean some out of pocket cost, every endeavour is made to minimise your expense. Pensioners and some Health Care Card holders will be eligible for reduced fees. Please contact the rooms if you wish to discuss your particular circumstances.
HOW URGENT IS MY BREAST CANCER TREATMENT?
Whilst there is no consensus on what is an acceptable delay in breast cancer treatment, the best available evidence indicates no worsening of your prognosis with delays of six to twelve (and probably more) weeks.
It’s important to realise that poor planning of treatment may in fact have a greater impact on outcome than a few weeks delay. As such, it’s imperative NOT to rush into poorly considered treatment decisions in the haste to “get things started”. You have time to think things through.