HOW DO I PAY FOR PRIVATE ATRIAL FIBRILLATION (AF) TREATMENT IN CAPE TOWN?
If you are an insured patient you would need to get authorisation from your medical aid for your consultation. Please note that some insurers no longer fully cover modern treatments like catheter ablation and there may be a shortfall. Please feel free to discuss the cost of treatment with Fatima and Annamarie who will help to identify whether this is likely to be the case. It is critical to point out that we are contracted solely to medical aid tariffs and that no additional co-payments are due by patient to the electrophysiologist.
Insurers will sometimes try and direct you to non-specialist cardiologists in the hope that by not giving you access to definitive treatments like catheter ablation they will reduce costs. In the short term this is true but there is now evidence that catheter ablation is more cost effective than other treatments after 5 to 10 years. If you are paying your own account then you would need to settle your account at the end of your consultation by cheque or EFT. Your invoice can be posted to you and again settled by cheque or EFT.
For uninsured patients any hospital tests will normally require full payment before treatment. The hospital accepts all major credit cards, cash and personal cheques with a banker’s card.