16 March 2020

WHY IS PRIVATE TREATMENT EXPENSIVE?

One question people ask us, is why we charge a higher fee per day for our treatment programs than Government programs. That’s a good question. There are several factors involved in our fee structure worth considering. Firstly, the services page explains our integrated and holistic approach to recovery that includes a comprehensive list of services all working together to address the biological, psychological, spiritual and social needs of a person. This includes both individual and group therapy, various allied health interventions such as massage and acupuncture, as well as a range of complementary therapies and activities to support recovery, such as art, dance, personal training etc.

The cost of addiction is high, and the financial benefits of staying sober are huge. Treatment may be the best investment you ever make. Consider the cost of substance abuse. A raging ice or cocaine addiction may cost $1000 per day or more. A 28-day treatment program with us can range from $9,900 for the full day treatment of 20 days or between $28,000 and $42,000 for the short stay rehab. With successful recovery, that’s a saving of between $355,000 and $323,000 per year, and around $1million every 3 years. This makes private treatment a valuable investment.

Similarly, an executive client running a successful enterprise runs the risk of losing their business if they continue to drink a bottle of whiskey per day or other drugs such as cocaine. Not to mention the cost of divorce, health breakdown, loss of income, family and support network breakdown. Addiction is an expensive lifestyle.

Getting health rebates might be important for some clients. But for a service to offer clients rebates, it needs to in be a hospital setting. For many relapsing clients, a hospital environment is not preferable or has not been successful in the past. Some clients prefer a more relaxed, comfortable and retreat style upmarket accommodation. Feeling institutionalised and being overmedicated can be an obstacle to recovery. Hospital settings also have very low ratios of staff to clients. Personal contact is the most beneficial treatment of all in recovery.

And finally, private drug and alcohol treatment is not funded by the Australian government. This can be a good thing, because independent services are not governed by rigid administration or bureaucracy and do not have to provide electronic records to Medicare or any other system. This means private treatment centres can offer services that are not part of the current medical system and employ the best possible specialists. As explained on ABOUT page;
Gold Coast Addiction & Treatment Rehab respects people’s need for privacy, so we offer complete discretion and confidentiality with paper only files and no electronic records that can be accessed by any other organisation such as Medicare or private health insurance. This is important for many people who want to protect their income protection policies from increasing premiums and loading, as well as potential problems with WorkCover issues. You are welcome to use an alias name during your stay at our rehab and when you leave, you have the option to shred your file to protect your identity. Quality control is part of independent business models, so customer satisfaction is the number one priority for private treatment centres.

Gold Coast Addiction & Treatment Rehab charge from $495 per day for the day treatment or between $990 to $1490 per day for a 28-day (& beyond) short stay treatment program. Phone +61408 332 765 for more information and bookings or visit our contact page.