Hi, I found out yesterday i have early stage breast cancer and i have been referred to Gold Coast Hospital. I was told by my doctor that the public system is very good and as my referral is urgent i should be seen asap. I phoned the hospital today who advised they are taking at least a week to process the referrals and it could be a while before i get an appointment. I do have private cover but cannot afford all the out of pocket expenses. Can anyone tell me if i go private does it then cost me more if i need radiation etc than if it would if i went public?