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    Quote Originally Posted by N Bailey View Post
    Take a look at PSdiver.com the magazine issue 121
    There's an article on Eustacian tube dysfunction which might be of interest
    Thanks, just had a look. Seems to have worked for that guy, his problem seems to be alergy driven though. I dont have any allergy reactions at all. I think reading that, Id rather have it done under a general anaesthetic it did not sound a nice experience.

    Ive contacted a private consultant near me and its looking like £225 for the first consultation which doesnt include any tests, another £275 for the nasal endoscopy and another £150 for a hearing test. Ive replied asking what I get for the first consultation. My worry was this would get expensive very quickly which seems to be the case from this first information. I have another person to try though.


    Edit - 2nd quote recieved. £160 for first consultation again with no tests plus £167 (plus unspecified hospital fee) for endoscope test.

    I think its looking like the best part of £500 just to get the initial examination including the nasal endoscope.
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    Hi all,

    Bit unsure what to do next really on this.

    Ive approached several consultants in my area and prices are coming out at between £170 to £225 for the initial consultation. I have been told by all secretaries so far that this does not include any tests, those being extra. So the nasal endoscopy to investigate my eustachian tube openings is coming out at an additional around £275 which includes the examination itself at around £175 plus an additional fee (around £100) for the use of the endoscope in whatever hospital my appointment is at.

    I have been told that the initial consultation will be around half an hour. Ive been told thats typical but it doesn't feel like much time to go through everything, and certainly not for the endoscopy as well.

    One of the secretaries told me that the initial consultation would cost £225, then tests extra, then I'd need a follow up consultation to get the results of any tests at £165. So I'd need to make a further payment just to get the results of the tests I'd already paid for.

    I am not trying to penny pinch here, to make that clear. I know these are experts who can command these prices. What Im concerned about is getting out of it what I need, i.e a proper examination first time and diagnosis. From scanning through the medical forum on here, it seems that others would suggest that the initial consultation and the initial nasal endoscopy should be done in the same visit. I don't seem to be being offered this, and not sure why because I have made sure to mention it in my approaches.

    My NHS appointment is at the end of November. I could now wait for this appointment first, because it would be free, and see what happens. Although I'm aware I may not get very many answers from this, the most likely thing being me referred for further tests and then having to wait more months.

    I'm not sure how to proceed. I am very tempted to go private but Im concerned at the apparent costs of, for example from one consultant, £225 initial consultation + £275 endoscopy + £165 follow up = £665 before any treatment suggestions. And there is a very real risk in my mind that the initial consultation gives me no answers, and i come out disappointed.

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    All I can say is that in your position I would wait for the NHS and see what comes of that, but everyone is different and only you know what your financial position and priorities are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousdan View Post
    I have been told that the initial consultation will be around half an hour. Ive been told thats typical but it doesn't feel like much time to go through everything, and certainly not for the endoscopy as well.

    I am not trying to penny pinch here, to make that clear. I know these are experts who can command these prices. What Im concerned about is getting out of it what I need, i.e a proper examination first time and diagnosis. From scanning through the medical forum on here, it seems that others would suggest that the initial consultation and the initial nasal endoscopy should be done in the same visit. I don't seem to be being offered this, and not sure why because I have made sure to mention it in my approaches.
    30 minutes is enough. Specialists are experienced and can often be confident of a diagnosis within minutes. The nasal endoscopy would be done in the same appointment. I do a consultation, endoscopy and prescription in 20 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ihsaan View Post
    30 minutes is enough. Specialists are experienced and can often be confident of a diagnosis within minutes. The nasal endoscopy would be done in the same appointment. I do a consultation, endoscopy and prescription in 20 minutes.
    I seem to be getting told by the secretaries of the consultants im approaching that the nasal endoscopy is extra? Maybe im not asking them the right question then Im not sure, or maybe I dont need to ask the question at all and just turn up and ask for it directly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerousdan View Post
    I seem to be getting told by the secretaries of the consultants im approaching that the nasal endoscopy is extra? Maybe im not asking them the right question then Im not sure, or maybe I dont need to ask the question at all and just turn up and ask for it directly?
    Let me explain private medicine. You see a specialist who performs what’s needed. Most investigations are done in the initial clinic appointment. You then receive an itemised bill detailing the specialists cost, the cost of the endoscopy, costs for any other tests like blood tests, costs for the use of the hospital. The secretaries mean the nasal endoscopy is extra with regards to the cost of the consultation.

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    Thanks Ihsaan, I'm not familiar with this at all.

    It was indicated to me on here that the price of the initial consultation should include the endoscopy, rather than it being an added cost. I.e I should get the initial consultation AND the initial endoscopy for the £200, rather than it being £200 + £275 for the endoscopy. That's quite alot of difference. If that's the price then its the price I guess, I just want to make sure it's right.

    Its hard to reconcile the above prices with your comment about the total cost not being more than a dive holiday. I know it wasn't meant to be exact, but after £500+ for just the diagnosis its hard to believe an operation such as eustachian tube dilation would only be another £500-£700. It could be a rabbit hole that I can't afford to be down, thats all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ihsaan View Post
    Let me explain private medicine. You see a specialist who performs what’s needed. Most investigations are done in the initial clinic appointment. You then receive an itemised bill detailing the specialists cost, the cost of the endoscopy, costs for any other tests like blood tests, costs for the use of the hospital. The secretaries mean the nasal endoscopy is extra with regards to the cost of the consultation.
    My recent experience of private medicine was rather different and very 'money grabbing' - unnecessary tests and follow up phone calls being scheduled for example. I think the OP is right to press for details in advance and should get written quotes and confirmation of exactly what will be done when.

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    Hi all,

    I haven't progressed a private appointment yet because my NHS appointment is in about 2 weeks so I though I may as well wait for that first.

    I have scared myself today.

    I haven't used my ear camera for a few weeks, and thought I would have a look today because they have felt much better lately, I would have said they felt back to 'normal', whatever my normal is.

    But then I had a look with my camera and saw this:



    Ive circled areas that look like holes.

    I'd appreciate if any docs here could tell me what they see. There were bones behind that large hole area in previous photos, now it just looks like nothing is there.

    I was hoping to try again in a pool next week. I think that's out now.

    Its bad isn't it.

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