In the public hospital the surgery is usually performed by a registrar (doctor training in urological surgery). A consultant surgeon will be responsible for your care (not necessarily me). There are no fees for surgery in the public hospital as this is funded by the government. 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 hospital 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. You are also able to select a date and hospital.
Surgical fees are set by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and a certain portion is not covered by your health fund. This is known as “the gap”. You will be informed of all out of pocket surgical costs prior to the surgery. There may be other charges from the anaesthetist, the hospital, radiology and pathology.
Unfortunately, gaps exist as the fees paid by Medicare and the insurance companies have not kept even close to with inflation. The current reimbursements would have been acceptable about 20 years ago!
Depending on your level of cover, some health funds also require you to pay an excess. I am not responsible for these costs and you need to check with your insurer. The hospital at which your procedure will be done always checks your level of coverage as well. If you want to know if your insurance covers you please ask my staff for the item numbers and then call your insurer.
If you have issues with your insurance company, you can contact the health insurance ombudsman. (https://www.ombudsman.gov.au/How-we-can-help/private-health-insurance).
All patients in my practice have full informed financial consent. You will be informed of all possible additional fees. You will need to contact my anaesthetists to obtain their fees.
With robotic surgery there was a technology fee in the past, but that has been abolished by the majority of institutions.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact my office.
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