In the public hospital the surgery is usually performed by a registrar (doctor training in urological surgery) but I will be supervising and responsible for your care. There are no fees for surgery in the public hospital. However, there is a waiting list. You position on the waiting list will be based on the severity of your condition. Your follow up visits after surgery will be in my office where you initially saw with me. Catheter or stent removal will be done in the public hospital outpatient clinic.
In the private system I will perform your surgery personally and will also look after you if you are admitted to stay in the hospital. All follow up appointments will be in my office.
Surgical fees are set by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and a certain portion is usually not covered by your health fund. This is known as “the gap”. We aim for informed financial consent (IFC) 100% of the time and hence you will be informed of all surgical costs prior to the surgery. There may be other charges from the anaesthetist, the hospital, radiology and pathology.
Depending on your level of cover, some health funds also require you to pay an excess. I am not responsible for these costs but my staff will do their utmost to guide you in this difficult area. You can also check with your health fund to see what is covered.
In many instances robotic surgery does involve a technology fee to cover the cost of the da Vinci robot disposables. No fee is payable at Nepean public hospital for prostatectomy. BUPA and HCF also cover this fee for robotic prostatectomy at Macquarie university hospital. For other health funds this fee needs to be paid prior to surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact my office.