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Financial Solutions For Prosthetics And Orthotics

A day in the life of orthopaedic surgeons and everyone involved is not the same as an 8 to 5 job. Patients always come first and the day only ends when everything is done. The pressure is constant as they need to keep abreast of the latest prosthetic technology, deal with a vast number of patients and take steps to ensure absolute precision during treatments while being alert to any unexpected reactions.

Prosthetics and orthotics are essential for people with missing natural limbs, damaged joints or to help those who have conditions of the limb or spine. The significance of these medical procedures, coupled with the cost implications to those who need it most, has become a big talking point among healthcare professionals from all fields of practice.

These specialised medical procedures, along with any supportive braces and splints patients may need, can be expensive but there’s a solution in the form of affordable medical financing from MediFin.

How MediFin Can Help Amputees And Prosthetic Surgeons

In many cases, patients and their families would have to finance their prosthesis personally and that means credit card and savings account. Some try to obtain sponsorships while others rely on donations or fundraising events which are not always ideal or practical.

If a patient is not covered by a fund or medical aid, and without substantial savings, options are limited. However, MediFin can help by offering affordable medical loans for prosthetics and other procedures up to R50,000.

As an independent, registered credit provider, MediFin has helped countless patients get the care they need while being a trusted financial partner to a large variety of medical practices and professionals.

Amputations And Prosthetics Support In South Africa

Depending on the cause of a person’s amputation, their prosthesis and prosthetic rehabilitation may be financed through private funds, medical aids, Road Accident Fund, COIDA / WCA – Workman’s Compensation Fund, personal injury claims for medical negligence, general public negligence, Transnet or a combination of the above.

Among other procedures, below-knee amputation or transtibial amputation is one of the most common as it is often diabetes-related. However, it can also be the result of vascular or circulatory conditions, trauma, infection, tumours or congenital abnormalities. In these cases, patients without a medical aid would need a private fund which can be expensive.

Considering the costs, and the fact that many South Africans are not covered by a comprehensive medical aid or specific funds, a large number of patients may not be able to afford the treatment they so desperately need.

Facing The Challenges Of Limb Loss

In many unfortunate situations, the treatment of injuries fall under personal injury claims but it often involves waiting weeks, if not months, for prosthetics and the necessary treatment.

The challenges don’t stop there as limb-loss goes beyond a physical injury and involves dealing with a host of emotional responses, not to mention financial implications. Amputees need support from their doctors, primary caregivers, family and friends as everything changes, including how they go to work, travel and enjoy their hobbies.

The most important goal of an amputee’s treatment after surgery, throughout rehabilitation and fitting of the prosthesis, is to help them attain the most function and mobility. Help them lead an active life once more by providing additional information on how to empower themselves and their loved ones to make the right choices to improve their independence.

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Join The MediFin Prosthetics Network Of Healthcare Providers

Whether you are an orthopaedic surgeon, From Osseointegration surgery, lower limb and upper limb prosthesis to artificial eye implants, you can help your patients by joining the growing network of trusted healthcare providers. Simply register on the MediFin website and become part of the solution with affordable medical loans for prosthetics and other related treatments.

To apply for a medical loan, your patients only need to complete a few simple steps. All they need is a copy of their ID document, proof of income (latest salary slip), last three months’ bank statements and proof of address. This can be a utility bill of any kind but not a bank statement. From there, they will receive feedback within an hour and when successful, payment is made within 24 hours.