Every week I take a phone call from a self-funding patient. The patient requires a receipt for their payment. The patient can then re-claim the amount paid from their health cash plan provider.
For example, a patient visits a private surgeon and pays for their treatment. MHM issue a receipt on behalf of the surgeon. The patient can then claim the fee back from their Health Cash plan provider.
The Cash Plan Provider insists on a receipt as proof of payment before reimbursing the patient.
Alternatively, the patient is insured but outpatient appointments are not covered under their policy. The patient has to pay before claiming the funds back from another source.
So what are Health Cash Plans?
Health Cash Plans are designed to ease the financial burden of having such regular health checks.
They are NOT the same as a private medical insurance policy.
Well on some occasions it has indeed transpired that the patient’s private medical insurance cover does NOT include outpatient appointments. Other items may be excluded too. Instead, the patient has a health cash plan to cover the cost of their treatment.
But unlike full-blown insurance cover, the patient is required to pay the charges they have incurred. They then re-claim the payment from the Health Cash Plan provider.
And that’s why they require a receipt.
Thus it is important to understand what a Health Cash Plan is and how it may compliment a private medical insurance policy.