OUR SERVICES & TREATMENTS

At ACI, we believe firmly that your GP plays an essential role in the co-ordination of your care and thus New Patient appointments should ideally be made by, or accompanied by a letter from your GP or referring Doctor. Your GP will receive a written report after every consultation, and will usually be asked to jointly manage day-to-day concerns, including routine blood pressure monitoring, and supervision of cholesterol and other routine annual blood tests.

CARDIOLOGY

 

Outpatient tests or services we offer, or may recommend, include:

 

  • Resting and Stress (exercise) ECG 

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram (an ultrasound scan of the heart)

  • Bubble contrast echocardiogram

  • Continuous (1-5 days) ECG monitoring

  • 24-hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure monitoring (ABPM)

  • Pacemaker interrogation and programming

 

Inpatient procedures performed include:

 

  • Coronary angiography and stenting (mainly via the radial artery in the wrist)

  • Permanent pacemaker implant

  • Loop Recorder implant

  • Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) and biventricular pacemaker (CRT) implant

  • Cardioversion (shock treatment for arrhythmia)

  • Transoesophageal echocardiography

  • TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation)

Some of the outpatient tests are expensive, particularly the echocardiogram, although this forms an essential part of every New Patient assessment. If you would like any further information on these procedures beforehand, or if you would like to discuss any aspect of our fees, please contact us ahead of your appointment. 

 

ACI charges Medical Aid Rates for in and out-of-hospital consultations and procedures for Discovery Health, Momentum and GEMS medical schemes. Each of those Medical Aids reimburses at a slightly different rate so it is difficult to know exactly what cost of your care will be. We will invoice these medical aids directly on your behalf.  

 

For out-of-hospital visits for all other medical schemes, private rates are invoiced and payment will need to be made by either credit card or cash on the day of your appointment. You can then claim back some of the costs from your medical scheme.  Dr Asherson charges 300% medical aid rates for in hospital visits for these other medical aids.   

 

Please also enquire about whether or not you qualify for PMB (Prescribed Minimum Benefit) as your appointment may be covered or reimbursed by your medical aid, even if you have a hospital plan!

 

For more information on PMB, please click here