Medicare, Insurance and Fees 

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

Most medical specialists will accept only referred patients. This is partly to try to ensure that the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for you and your condition, and also because Medicare pays higher rebates for specialist services if you have been referred.

Consultation fees

Consultation fees are payable at the end of your consultation. The standard fee charged in this surgical practice is the Australian Medical Association recommended fee. This means that in most instances there will be a portion of your consultation fee, which will not be covered by Medicare.

The rebate from Medicare for eligible patients is $72.75 for the first consultation and $36.55 for each subsequent consultation. We utilize Medicare Easyclaim, which allows patients to receive their Medicare rebate on the spot at our surgery.

For more information on Medicare easy claim visit the Medicare Website.

Surgical fees

Surgeon

Fees for surgical procedures and operations in most instances are partially covered by Medicare and your private health insurance. The standard fee charged in this office is the Australian Medical Association recommended fee. Generally Medicare and your private health insurance will pay for a substantial part of the surgical fee, but in many cases there will be a GAP. A quote covering the proposed fees will be issued after you have discussed the details of the procedure with Dr Nathan. In some circumstances Dr Nathan will provide "No-Gap" or "Known-Gap" services on a case-by-case basis

If you have any queries about fees please discuss this with our friendly staff who will help you navigate your way through the informed financial consent. Depending on your family circumstances, you may be eligible to claim a tax offset for the net medical expenses you have incurred. For further information please see visit the ATO Website

Anaesthetist

We will provide you the contact details for your anaesthetist so a quote can be sought for their fees.

Surgical assistant

In some instances an assistant is required to perform your procedure.The fee for the assistant is generally no more than 20% of the surgeon’s fees.

Other fees

These may include medications, blood tests, x-rays and anatomical pathology (if a surgical specimen is sent to the pathologist).

Acceptable means of payment

Bank cheque, personal cheque, cash or credit cards (MasterCard, VISA) are acceptable means of payment. We do accept American Express cards but there is a 1.5% surcharge.

Private health insurance

Private Health insurance allows you and your family to access the right health services at the right time. You have control of your health care and can choose the health care provider, facility and timing of your treatment. With the security and protection of private health insurance, you have access to an extensive range of private hospitals and can be rest assured that your health is in good hands.

How can my family doctor help me to obtain specialist medical care?

Before seeing any medical specialist, it is always preferable to talk to your own family doctor, who can discuss your condition with you and advise on whether any specialist care is appropriate.

If it is, he or she can help you to choose the specialist best suited to your needs.

Your family doctor can help the specialist to care for you better by providing relevant information about your health. Communicating with the specialist will also enable your family doctor to care for you better during and after your specialist treatment.