Your GP will be able to recommend and refer you to a cardiothoracic surgeon who can assess you and decide whether the surgery is right for you.
You may be happy to accept your doctor's advice or you may like to investigate your choices.
Questions for your surgeon may help you understand your treatment, and, if necessary, decide on a surgeon. Practical issues you may also like to consider are which hospital(s) a particular doctor operates from, and what their fees are. It’s perfectly acceptable to seek a second opinion if you’re unsure. The surgeon won’t take offence.
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 access the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons at surgeons.org.
To find out which surgeons participate in our Medicover No Gap or Known Gap* arrangement:
A good source of information on heart surgery is The Heart Foundation.
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.