Please let us know how you go. BRCA genes are a cruel diagnosis in a lot of ways, but better to be forewarned and take action.
Dx LCIS Dec 1997, Dx IDC, DCIS, bilateral LCIS Oct 2005 er+pr+her2-
Bilateral Mastectomies, expanders and silicone implants
I understand how you feel about not wanting to put it off. Hard to think about much else at the moment I guess.
As far as I'm aware even if you go as a private patient in a public hospital you still have to wait 6-12 months?
Because I've made up my mind to finally get it done I don't want to wait that long. After having my recent cancer scare this BRCA 2 is like a time bomb hanging over my head and I just want to get it done and get on with my life.
Anyway I'm sure I'll get there in the end - the whole process is a bloody minefield though
Good luck with it all.
I've found a breast surgeon who will do the mastectomy with no gap and am still on the look out for a PS to do the actual reconstruction.
I have checked the Bupa website and have called some of the PS listed and they do do the "no gap" but only if you go public and go on a waiting list.
So I'm still searching! But at least the breast surgeon is willing to do the mastectomy with no gap so at least that's a big saving.
They may have a list...I don't know but I have found if you get the right person to chat to you will often find helpful info re cutting costs.
I was lucky with my mastectomies in that my surgeon and plastic surgeon operated on me for a very small gap fee. My surgeon asked me what my health cover was. I was seeing him at one(big) hospital and he recommended another smaller private hospital that he operated at as he said there would be hardly any out of pocket expense. This was a long time ago before agreements between funds and hospitals. (at least I didn't know of any!)
I have just been on the Bupa site (which I'm sure you have!) and you can search fees, gaps etc if you haven't already.
As Judy said, there are often other bills that come trickling in unfortunately.
I am also in Melbourne.
Let us know how you get on. It will be of interest to others.
I don't think we are supposed to name doctors on the forum but someone may send you a private message so make sure you keep your eye out for that. It wouldn't hurt to email a few surgeons and ask if they would be willing to do the surgery as a no gap, choosing a surgeon can often be like buying anything else and they can bring the price down sometimes. I can't help you as I am in Melbourne but I found a surgeon who was happy to do some surgery on me (non bc related) once I said that I was considering going through the public system. He didn't want that as the public system was so clogged anyway and he did it for me 'no gap.' Don't forget that just because the surgeon is willing to do it there might still be a fee from the anaesthetist (can never spell that!) I hope you find someone who will do it.
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