Louise Allen
 affordable consultant eye care for all ages

Fees and charges


Transparency on costs is not only a professional requirement, but is courteous and takes away one more potential source of anxiety when seeking medical help. It is also particularly important at a time when increasing numbers of patients are paying directly for private medical care, and insurance companies terms often result in shortfalls or excess payments.

The fees and charges shown here are examples for some of the most common procedures and - apart from my consultation fees - are indicative only. An accurate estimate will be provided before treatment.

You will need to agree to my terms, available here. Please feel free to contact me if you require more information.

Consultations

For most outpatient appointments there are not normally any hospital charges. However, the hospital will charge for the use of certain facilities, such as laser treatment, minor procedures in the outpatient clinic, use of the operating theatres and inpatient stays. The hospital will take a credit card swipe when you check in to cover any of its own charges (not my fees), but you will normally be advised before any payment is taken.

Surgery

The cost for surgery is made up of the surgeons's fee and hospital charges. Most cataract operations and some minor procedures (such as removal of lid lumps in adults) are normally carried out under local anaesthetic. If a general anaesthetic is necessary, the anaesthetist's fee will be around £300.
It is not practical to show costs for the many different types of surgical procedure here, but please ask. You will be advised of the costs before any procedure.

Invoices and payment

I will bill for my fees after your appointment or treatment. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer or credit card.
Orthoptic assessments and tests carried out in outpatients which are shown in green will be charged by the Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital.

If you are insured

I am a recognized provider for most UK health insurance companies. If you are using health insurance, most companies will require you to obtain authorisation from them in advance, and a letter of referral to me from your GP or optometrist.

Fee shortfalls

My consultation fees are generally in line with those accepted by the major insurance companies. However, you should be aware that in recent years insurers have been reducing the amount they will pay for treatment, and not all will now meet fees for surgical procedures in full, particularly for cataract surgery.

When a payment shortfall is likely, I will try to ensure that you are made aware of this at or before your first consultation, and will offer you the choice of seeing a different ophthalmologist if you would prefer. Either way, you can rest assured that my clinical management of your case will not be influenced in any way by financial or insurance arrangements, and that I will always provide all my patients with the best, safe, ethical and cost-effective care.