You may be happy to accept the advice of your doctor, or you may like to investigate your choices.
In Australia, each medical speciality has a governing body to which the consultants belong. These are often good organisations to turn to for information about what you can expect from your medical specialist, and how to locate one in your area. You can locate a neurosurgeon or orthopaedic surgeon through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Look for one who specialises in spine surgery and has experience with disc replacement.
Questions for your surgeon may help you understand the treatment, and, if necessary, decide on a surgeon. Practical issues you may also like to consider are which hospital(s) a particular surgeon operates from, and their fees.
To find out which neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons participate in our Medicover No Gap or Known Gap * arrangement:
Can you use your referral on any specialist?
Your referral can be transferred to any specialist you choose, as long as they’re in the same medical field. Alternatively you can ask your GP to write an ‘open referral’ where they don’t specify a particular specialist. A valid referral needs to include:
- relevant clinical information about your condition for investigation, opinion, treatment and/or management
- date of the referral
- signature of your referring doctor.
*Participation in HCF’s medical gap initiative is at the doctor’s discretion. We can’t guarantee all doctors will participate in our gap arrangements for all members or services. Where you will incur any out-of-pocket costs the doctor(s) should advise you of these costs and obtain your consent to charge you so you can make an informed decision before going ahead with the procedure. Members are encouraged to confirm with their doctor(s) whether they will use HCF’s medical gap initiatives for their treatment.