insideKENT Magazine insideKENT October 2018 Issue 79 - Page 3

Private Medical Insurance Are you making the most of your policy? Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 of us receiving NHS hospital treatment are privately insured and could have had the cost of our care paid for by an insurer? The NHS is forfeiting approximately £1 billion a year by spending their budget treating patients with private medical insurance. There are several genuine reasons for this, but we know it’s often just that the subject doesn’t come up in appointments with GPs. From talking to them, we know GPs would prefer patients to let them know if they are insured. One Ashford Hospital is recognised by all major private medical insurers, so it is worth checking your policy to see if you could be treated privately. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to make a claim: • Visit your GP for a referral or contact One Ashford hospital to identify what treatment you may require. • C ontact your insurance company to see if you have the sufficient cover and obtain authorisation. • Contact the hospital to arrange an appointment, or your insurance company may do this on your behalf. At One Ashford Hospital, we can treat a range of conditions across a number of specialties, including: • Orthopaedics • Urology • General Surgery • Dermatology • Gynaecology • Cosmetic Surgery • ENT • • Cardiology Weight Loss Surgery • Paediatrics • Diagnostics • Physiotherapy Why Choose One Ashford Hospital? • Purpose-built modern hospital • See a Consultant within 48 hours* • Recognised by all major private medical insurance companies • Little to no waiting time for treatment At One Ashford, you will be treated in a brand-new purpose-built hospital, where we offer excellent, dignified patient care in a private calm environment. You can use your Private Medical Insurance or speak to us about Self-Pay options including fixed price packages and the option to spread the cost of your care. Kennington Road, Ashford TN24 0YS Telephone: 01233 423000 *Dependent on Consultant availability. Photos used with kind permission of Saga Healthcare.