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Informed financial consent
You have a right to know if you have to pay for treatment and medicines and, if so, what the costs will be. Before treatment starts, your doctors and other health care providers must talk to you about the likely fees that you will have to pay (called out-of-pocket costs). This is called informed financial consent.
You can ask for this information to be put in writing, so you can refer to it during your treatment.
There may be costs associated with your treatment that you hadn’t considered. For example, if you have surgery as a private patient, there will be fees for your stay in hospital and for the anaesthetist, as well as the fees for the surgical procedure.
In some instances, such as in the case of an emergency, it is not possible to give informed financial consent before medical care. In such cases, your consent should be obtained as soon as possible afterwards.
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