Finance

  • For those patients with medical insurance cover

You will need to inform your Insurance Company that you have been referred to see Mr Sharp, and please bring all your policy details with you on the day of your appointment. 

All invoices are sent to your insurance company and are usually settled directly with them without the need for your involvement.

Mr Sharp charges for all procedures in outpatients according to accepted coding and fees set by all Private Medical Insurance Companies.

However, for those patients that require an operation, it is important to note that his surgical fees are charged according to the fee schedule set by the WPA Insurance Company. Please note that in the light of this fact if you are not insured with WPA, your Insurance Company may not pay for all your Surgical fees according to the terms of your policy and you may be left with a shortfall that you will be responsible for covering.

There is a lot of variation between individual policies and individual Insurance Companies and it is therefore always worth getting clarification from them and Mr Sharp beforehand if you are at all unsure.

This is now often also the case for OUTPATIENT FOLLOW UP VISITS following your initial new consultation, and these are often vital to your long term recovery and ongoing treatment in many nasal and sinus conditions which Mr Sharp commonly sees and treats.

Please note that ultimately your treatment is bound by an agreement between you (the patient) and Mr Sharp, and not between Mr Sharp and your Insurance Company. It is therefore you and not your Insurance Company that is responsible for the settlement of any shortfall if your Insurance Company do not cover the total cost of all your treatment.

  •    For uninsured / 'self pay' patients

You will receive an invoice from Mr Sharp's secretary following your appointment for his standard new consultation fee of £185.  All subsequent follow up consultations will be charged at £130.

If you require any diagnostic tests or therapeutic treatments during the course of Mr Sharp's examination there will be a surcharge on top of his standard fee.

- Examples of diagnostic tests would include an endoscopic examination of your nose and throat under local anaesthetic, a hearing test, skin prick allergy tests or clinical photographs.
- Examples of therapeutic treatments would include cautery to your nose for nosebleeds or cleaning of your ears under microscopic control.

    Please note that should you need any of these extra diagnostic tests or treatments, the private hospitals also charge you for the use of their specialised equipment in outpatients and for their nursing staff support.

    The chart below gives the Hospital charges for the commonest procedures that Mr Sharp carries out:-

     

    Nasal cautery

    *

    Endoscopy of nose

    /  Throat

     

    Microscopic clearance of ears / dewax of ears *

    Audiogram and Tympanogram 

    (‘hearing test’)

    BMI Chaucer Hospital

    £236.50

    £110

    £50.50

    £165

     

     

     

     

     

    One Hospital 

    £65 £105 £50 £160

    (*= These charges may not be levied depending on whether Hospital nursing support is required or not.)                                                       

    The Hospital will invoice you SEPARATELY to Mr Sharp for their charges for these procedures as above, and you will thus receive TWO bills relating to your outpatient visit.                

    If you do not require any of these additional procedures, you will of course only receive one bill for Mr Sharps standard consultation fee.                                

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE ENTIRELY OUTSIDE MR SHARPS CONTROL, AND THIS CHART HE HAS DRAWN UP IS FOR YOUR INFORMATION ONLY. IT WAS COMPILED FROM INFORMATION PROVIDED TO HIM BY EACH PRIVATE HOSPITAL BUSINESS OFFICE (in January 2016.) 

    • For patients requesting cosmetic nasal surgery (Rhinoplasty) or cosmetic ear surgery (Pinnaplasty)

    Patients requesting cosmetic nose or ear surgery (i.e. rhinoplasty or pinnaplasty) are charged a one-off outpatient fee of £250.

    This fee is inclusive of all visits to see Mr Sharp before and after surgery, and thus allows you to see him as often as you wish before or after your operation without further charge. It also includes review of your photographs with digital image manipulation, to allow you to see the potential results of your surgery prior to the operation should you decide to go ahead.

    The only other charge prior to the surgery itself is a £75 fee for specialised digital medical photographs which are carried out in the Medical Photography Department at The Kent and Canterbury Hospital. This fee includes the photos before AND after surgery.

     

    If you wish to know more about the potential cost of your treatment then feel free to ask Mr Sharp at the time of your consultation, who will be able to tell you exactly what charges will be relevant to you.

    If you would like to know more about costings in advance of or following your consultation with Mr Sharp, please contact his PA Amanda Eason on 01227 764697.

     

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