Health insurance does not provide any part of a specialist doctor’s fee. Dr Brazenor is happy to see you whether or not you have health insurance. If you need surgery, however, please be aware that the public hospital system in Victoria functions well for surgical patients only if they have suffered trauma, or have severe life-threatening conditions. For painful conditions such as sciatica due to lumbar disc prolapse, the waiting list to achieve surgery can be years. Accordingly, Dr Brazenor recommends that you have private health insurance. What is not generally known is that a year and a day after you take out private health insurance, you are covered for all pre-existing medical and surgical conditions, no matter how longstanding.