Each Anaesthetist at Specialist Anaesthetic Services is an individual practitioner. Due to current legislation, to avoid collusion individuals must set their own fees. For this reason fees scale between individuals do vary slightly.
Anaesthetists at Specialist Anaesthetic Services are independent practitioners and as such each Anaesthetist sets their individual fees.
A number of variables determine each account. These include:
- If the patient has Private Hospital cover
- If the health fund allows ‘co-payments’ to be charged
- Operation type and length of time to perform the surgery
- Operation classification e.g. cosmetic or general
- Procedure rebate available through Medicare
Due to the above variables you may receive a number of accounts which need to be submitted to different organisations. Eg Health Fund or Medicare. Instructions will be provided with the account to simplify this process for you.
If your anaesthetist chooses to process your account directly through simplified billing (without a co-payment) you will not receive an account from us, it will be sent directly to the health fund on your behalf. The relevant bodies will pay the anaesthetist directly and advise you once the account has been paid.
Account for Co-payment
The co-payment is the portion of the account which is not covered by either Medicare or the Health Fund. This ‘out of pocket’ or ‘gap’ amount is payable by the patient. The other portion of the account will be sent directly to the health fund for payment.
Account for Total Fee
These accounts will have a Medicare Patient Claim form and a Medicare Two-Way form (only if you have private health insurance). These forms need to be filled in and sent to Medicare. When you receive the cheque/s you need to forward them into Specialist Anaesthetic Services, along with your payment for the out-of-pocket expense.
Account for Balance
You have paid your “out-of-pocket expense” prior to your anaesthetic. You have a balance that is payable by Medicare and your private health insurer (if you have one).
Private Health Insurance Funds differ in the coverage and rebates they each provide. This means that often the rebate will not cover the full cost of your surgery, requiring you to pay a ‘gap’ or ‘out of pocket expense’. To ensure you are fully advised of the costs associated with your surgery please contact our rooms on 8273 5666 to obtain an estimate of your anaesthetic.
You will need to provide the staff with the following information:
- Name of the anaesthetist providing the anaesthetic.
- If you have Private Hospital Cover, and if so, with which company.
- The operation you are having performed.
- The surgeon performing the operation.
- The length of time the surgeon estimates the operation will take.
Every endeavour is made to ensure the estimate provided to you is as accurate as possible, however due to unforeseen circumstances sometimes the length taken to perform your operation may vary. In these events the cost estimated to you may either increase or decrease dependent on the surgery time.
Patients without Private Hospital Health Insurance
Uninsured patients (those who do not have private hospital cover) will be required to pay for the anaesthetic prior to the admission date. This amount may either be the full payment or the portion which Medicare does not cover. The amount is dependent on the surgery and the anaesthetist.
Our rooms will provide you with an estimate of fees, if this is not received within a fortnight of your surgery date please contact us.
The prepayment which you are required to pay must be received by our rooms at least four days prior to the date of surgery. Failure of payment may result in the surgery being delayed or cancelled.
Payments can be made via credit card, BPay, cash or bank cheque. Personal cheques will only be accepted if the required timeframe for clearance is provided.
Patients having Cosmetic Surgery or Procedures not covered by Medicare
Cosmetic surgery or procedures which are not covered by Medicare are required to be paid in full at least four days prior to the date of surgery. Payments can be made via credit card, BPay, cash or bank cheque. Personal cheques will only be accepted if the required timeframe for clearance is provided. Failure of payment may result in delay or cancellation of your surgery.