We understand that fees is another important factor to most people when needing to see a specialist. That’s why we make every effort to get all information so we can give patient’s full disclosure of their likely costs for consultations, in room treatments and also surgical costs.
Below we will explain some of the things you may need to know when it comes to costs associated with your medical treatments.
Consultation fees vary depending on a number of factors including whether it is your initial consultation or for ongoing follow up and also in circumstances where Dr Swanepoel may need to perform other procedures like colposcopy/cervical and endometrial biopsies, Mirena insertions and removals etc.
When you come to visit Dr Swanepoel for the first time you will be charged for an initial consultation. Payment of your initial consultation is payable on the day. We have eftpos facilities available and accept all cards including AMEX and Diners. We will then claim your rebate back from Medicare for you.
Any further consultations will be a subsequent consultation fee and also rebatable from Medicare.
One of the most common questions we get asked is if there is a rebate available from Private Health Insurance. There is no rebate for in-rooms consultations as your private health insurance is there for admission into a private hospital.
This consultation fee typically covers:
the tracing and review of prior medical and surgical reports prior to your appointment (such as papsmear, histopathology, medical imaging, etc.),
capturing and processing of your details for medical administration,
Nursing review by Ami includes Blood pressure and pulse measurement, BMI calculations ,collecting urine samples as indicated
45 minutes appointment for physical examination and a conversation about clinical management and treatment options,
all bookings (hospital, anaesthetist, surgical assistant, pathology, etc.)
a clinical management plan including further diagnosis (if needed) and treatment
prompt communication back to your referring doctor
It is important that you let us know the reason why you are coming and our staff will always ask you this question. The reason for this is that some conditions can be treated in rooms at your consultation. If this is the case we can then let you know what the likely cost is going to be. We can also give you information on the procedure and any preparation you might require beforehand. This also allows us to allocate the right amount of time to you for your appointment.
Surgical procedure’s require mandatory Informed Financial Consent and the out of pocket expenses you may incur. When you book for your surgery we will provide you with an Estimate. Surgery is not able to be bulk billed however if your Private Health fund has a known gap scheme we can review this on a case by case basis to see if we can reduce your out of pocket costs.
Non Privately Insured Patients
Patient’s that do not have Private Health Insurance can still have surgery privately. We will also provide you with the costs. Mainly you will still get back from medicare on any costs however the hospital costs will be a complete out of pocket. Don’t worry we can give you all the information you need to make your decision beforehand so there are no hidden expenses.
A part payment will be quoted and invoiced to you, and we ask
that this be paid before the admission date. Please pay the remaining amount at your earliest convenience and no later than your 6 week post operation appointment. Once this is paid in
full a claim can be lodges with Medicare for you to receive your benefit.
Assisting Doctor's Fees
If you have an assisting doctor for your procedure, there will be a fee and this will be sent directly to your private health provider with no gap to pay. Unless you are not privately insured there will be a 20% Medicare Schedule fee.
It is the patients responsibility to check with the anaesthetist in regards to their fees and account arrangements.
What Does My Health Fund Cover?
Your private health insurance will only come into effect if you have to have surgery in a Private hospital. If you do need surgery then we will provide you with an informed financial consent that will advise you of any out of pocket costs and the team associated with your surgery.
If you have Medical Insurance with a private health fund we will make every effort to participate in health funds known gap schemes. Again, you will be fully advised of the likely costs. Not all Medical insurance companies have gap scheme’s or have restrictions on them depending on the type of insurance and type of surgery. Confusing isn’t it! Don’t worry, if you need this it’s easily explained for your situation.
We are always happy to explain any queries you may have with any of the above as it can sometimes be quite confusing – just phone us on 07 43311545 and we will guide you through the whole process.