As some of you know I am a Brit living in Japan.
I am due to have an ablation the last week in July and here is how it differs from the UK.
As the health care system is part funded by the state and part self funded I HAVE TO pay for my ablation. The cost to me is approximately 339pounds sterling all inclusive(see below).
I can choose my EP, the hospital I attend and my cardiologist. If I dont like them. I go to the next.
My first consultation with my EP cost me 50p, I didnt mind paying that!
He spent an hour with me explaining RF Ablation, showed me all the bits of gear he would use, discussed the plusses, the possible negatives. All in all he did a very thorough job.
Each trip to my cardiologist costs about 5pounds.
What I like about this is I can go when I like, so if I have an attack, I feel bad or somethings not quite right I know I can see him at 9am tomorrow, all I have to do is turn up and be first in the cue. That lessens my anxiety somewhat.
Now, about the ablation itself.
I am told I will be (on average) in hospital for 6 days, 2 days before they take me off all meds except anticoags and I am permanently wired to map activity. During that time I will have stress tests, a cat scan and my heart made into a 3d modal on his computer.
Then I have the ablation, he always starts them at 9am, I dont know why, thats his thing.
After the ablation I have to stay in the hospital for 4 days, again wired permanently to ecg to see how things go.
Upon release I am told not to return to work for 2 weeks!!
I am having it done at the end of the summer semester (I am a teacher in school) so I will have 5 weeks after to recover.
Thats all I know so far, the price is all in, meals, tests, drugs, and the procedure.
I asked whether he sedates or uses a GA.
He said (in a heavily Japanese accented English) "I give you some very nice drugs, you going to feel you are in heaven!"
Doesnt sound too bad!