Frequently Asked Questions
I do not have Private Insurance, am I able to see the surgeon and pay for the consultation and the surgery myself?
Yes, we do see patients who do not have private health insurance and if surgery is required we will provide you with a quote. This quote will take into consideration:
> the surgeon’s fees
> the hospital theatre and bed fee
> the anaesthetic fee
> and the surgical assistant’s fee
> any prosthesis (eg the Hip Replacement), plates, screws or anchors.
Are you able to put me on the public hospital waiting list?
No. It is not possible for a private surgeon to bypass the public hospital waiting list. Patients referred to the public hospitals are triaged and prioritised based on urgency by the hospital. Waiting lists for non-urgent conditions can be up to three years.
Will I be out of pocket for my consultation?
Yes, medicare will contribute to your consultation fees with your surgeon although there is an out of pocket expense associated with your orthopaedic review. Please discuss your fee for service when you phone to make your appointment.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
When you come for your appointment, please remember to bring the following:
> Your letter of referral from your GP or referring doctor in your surgeon’s name
> Medicare or Veterans Affairs card
> Insurance information
> Copies of operation records, medical records, and investigation reports from prior doctor visits.
> The films or CD of x-rays, Ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans
> Copies of relevant medical information including your medication details, other diagnostic scans including blood tests, EMG studies, and any information from your physiotherapist (if applicable).
What do I need to bring to hospital when I come in for surgery?
> Hospital booklet
> Medicare card, Private health card, identification
> TAC/WorkCover details if applicable
> Comfortable loose fitting clothing
> Basic toiletries
> Reading material
> Slippers or slip on shoes with firm soles
Still have questions?
Please direct any further enquiries to a specific surgeon and they will endeavour to respond to you swiftly.Surgeons Profiles