A heart attack patient has told how she is preparing for a potential financial catastrophe because of the cost of treating her condition, and says her GP is ignoring her.
Key points:Julie Holt, who is a cardiac physiotherapy therapist, has been a member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists since 1999Julie is being treated by Dr David Hall, who works at the Royal London Hospital’s Cardiac CentreJulie said: “My GP has told me he is going to charge me £600 for an hour, and I am prepared for that.”
Julie, who has been treating cardiac patients at the London hospital since 1999, told the BBC’s Today programme she felt like she was “on a rollercoaster” when her GP told her that she needed to be treated at the hospital.
“I am not allowed to go into the hospital,” she said.
“And then my GP said he is charging me £6,000 for an extra hour.”
The fact that my GP has no idea what I am doing in the hospital, the fact that he doesn’t know I am a cardiac nurse, is the most stressful thing in the world.
“Julia, who was diagnosed with heart disease when she was only 25 years old, said her GP was treating her as a “cardiac patient” because of her history of previous heart attacks.”
He told me I needed to go to the hospital as a cardiac patient,” she explained.”
It is so frustrating and so unfair.
I am in so much pain.
I cannot do anything about it.
“My GP is completely ignoring me.”
But he is not in the right.
He is a paediatrician and he should have known better.
“His words to me were: ‘You are a cardiac paediatric patient.
You need to come to the ICU.'”
Julie’s GP, Dr David Holt, said: ‘My GP told me she needed more treatment.
He said it would be cheaper to give me more treatment.’
“He added: ‘It is not fair to say I am charging her more than other people.
I can do my job for a little bit longer and have a little less time to think about it, but we are talking about a year of my life here, and we are not getting the money.’
Julie has been in the ICUS since March this year and has been treated by Professor David Hall since March 2016.”
We do not know what the cost will be for the next few months, but it is certainly not worth it,” he said.
Julie says her condition is so serious that she does not think she will ever be able to return to her job as a cardiologist.”
There is no point to me.
I don’t think I can work again,” she added.”
If it is not something that is permanent, then there is no use in continuing.
“The Royal College has warned that there are concerns about the future of the profession in the UK as a whole.