When you come for your Appointment please remember to obtain and bring the following
Referral letter from GP, family physician or other doctor
Medicare card, DVA card, pension card
Have your Private Hospital Insurance information with you
Reports, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans etc. and any other relevant information
Apart from the specific instructions given to you depending on the type of surgery you have undergone, the basic general instructions that you should follow after your surgery are as follows:
Please consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
The fees charged at initial consultation, subsequent consultation and surgery are Guided by the Australian Medical Association.
This means, medicare and the health funds will only cover some of the total costs associated with surgery.It is important that patients ask about this Gap.
Please speak to our friendly reception staff about Fees.
Private health insurance allows you to choose your own surgeon. It also allows yourself and your family to access the right health service at the right time without delays. You also have access to an extensive range of private hospitals. Most importantly your health will be in good hands.
Patients who do not have private health insurance can still have their surgery performed in the private system. They will need to cover all the hospital and surgical costs prior to hospital admission.
These are guided by the rates of the Australian Medical Association and may differ according to the nature and complexity of the surgical procedure.
Each orthopaedic procedure usually has a medicare item number. The medicare rebates are determined by the government and further supplemented slightly by private health insurance.
The medicare rebates unfortunately haven’t actually kept up with rate of inflation and changed little since the early 80’s. Due to rising costs of medical indemnity insurance for surgeons, personal, work, practice related insurance premiums and continued running practice costs, most surgeons charge a Gap. Our Staff would be able to inform you if there are any charges and what they are.
Anaesthetist fee: (the doctor who provides the anaesthetic) this can be discussed with the anaesthetist.
Assistance fee: A surgical assistant is usually present during most orthopaedic procedures. They may or may not charge a fee.
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