Pick the right place
For complex surgical procedures, you’re generally better off at teaching hospitals, which usually stay at the forefront of health research. Medical students and residents ask questions, providing more eyes and ears to pay attention and prevent errors. Teaching hospitals have lower complication rates and better outcomes.
Dr Evan Levine, cardiologist, author of What Your Doctor Won’t (or Can’t) Tell You
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Don't assume a private room
Private patients in public hospitals often assume they will get their own room. But rooms are allocated on medical need. Someone with an infectious disease will always get the single room.
Kate Ryder, nurse, author of An Insider’s Guide to Getting the Best Out of the Health System
Your surgeon will be realistic
A good surgeon will tell you all the information you need to know, even the parts that you might not want to hear. That doesn’t mean that a good surgeon will be rude. It means that they will tell you, in a respectful and professional manner, whether the results you want are realistically attainable and safe, the best procedure to achieve your desired result, the risks and possible complications involved in the procedure, whether you are a good candidate for surgery and what the costs will be.
Andrew Ives, plastic surgeon, Melbourne
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