What is the difference if I elect to be treated as a private patient?
If you elect to be treated as a private patient, you will be able to have your surgery sooner than in the public system. Typical waiting times in the public hospital system can be up to a year, or longer. In cases of elective surgery, you will be able to choose the timing of your surgery to suit your work and home situation. As a private patient you are guaranteed that I will perform the surgery myself, where in the public hospital my commitment to training future surgeons means that one of my registrars may perform the surgery under my supervision.