Day hos­pi­tals a boon for con­sumers

Saturday Star - - INSIGHT -

ONE WAY of tack­ling the high cost of health care is the grow­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween med­i­cal schemes and day hos­pi­tals, which is good news for con­sumers, says Bibi Ross-Goss, the group op­er­a­tional man­ager at Ad­vanced Health.

“By avoid­ing un­nec­es­sary overnight stays, pro­ce­dures at a day hospi­tal are in­vari­ably less ex­pen­sive than equiv­a­lents at one of the tra­di­tional, full-ser­vice hos­pi­tals. For ex­am­ple, in 2014, a pa­tient would have paid about R11 000 through a med­i­cal scheme for a ton­sil­lec­tomy in a tra­di­tional hospi­tal, as op­posed to about R8 000 at a day hospi­tal,” Ross-Goss says.

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