There are 3 major parts to your surgery fees:
1.Your Surgeon’s fee:
If surgery is required, you will have been given an estimate of the surgeon’s fees and the expected item numbers. We suggest you then speak with Medicare and/or your private health insurer to determine your rebates applicable to your treatment prior to undertaking surgery. Remember, dental surgery does not attract a Medicare rebate and so will only be claimable through dental extras cover with a private health insurer
The estimate will list the item number/s and costs associated with your procedure. The item number/s will either be a 3 digit code (for dental procedures) or a five digit code (for medical procedures).
3 digit codes are claimable through your private health fund (dental extras).
5 digit codes are claimable through Medicare.
Payment of fees: You will be required to make full payment of all surgical fees one week prior to your surgery date, with the exception of Pittwater Day Surgery, Sussex Day Surgery and local anaesthetic rooms procedures, where you will be required to pay on the day.
Payment Options: We accept all bank debit cards, Credit Cards (except American Express and Diners), cash and cheques. Direct bank transfers are also accepted and the appropriate bank details can be provided with your surgery booking paperwork.
Please note: Failure to pay your surgeon’s account by the due date may result in your surgery being rescheduled or cancelled.
2. Anaesthetic fee:
As our doctors operate out of varied hospitals and regions, our anaesthetic arrangements also vary accordingly. When you make a surgical booking, our staff will be able to assist you with the correct information appropriate for your booking.
Anaesthetist accounts are claimable through Medicare or your private health fund. If you have any queries regarding your anaesthetist’s fees, please contact them directly.
3. Hospital/Facility fee:
Your hospital costs consist of a bed fee and operating theatre fee. The out-of-pocket expenses of an admission to hospital will vary depending upon whether you have private health insurance, and what level of cover you have.
Insured patients- we recommend that you contact your private health insurance fund to confirm what hospital coverage you have. You may be fully covered or have an ‘excess’ or gap payment to pay.
Uninsured patients -will have a quoted hospital fee to pay. This amount is determined by the theatre time taken for the procedure you are having and the associated item numbers. Please note that day surgery fee’s for uninsured patients will vary depending on the facility chosen by you.
These fees are paid directly to the hospital facility.
4. Incidental costs:
Pathology: Any specimens taken at the time of surgery will be sent for examination to a pathology laboratory. If a specimen has been sent to a pathologist for diagnosis, the pathology company will send you an invoice for payment. This fee is claimable through Medicare.
Pharmaceuticals: Following surgery you may be issued with a prescription for analgesia and antibiotics to be filled at the pharmacy.