Fees at Melbourne Hand Surgery
How much will it cost for the initial surgery consultation?
Our standard consultation fee is $300; this fee is payable on the day. The fee is subject to a Medicare rebate of $72.75 if you have a doctor's referral.
Can you provide me with a quote for surgery?
We will provide you with a detailed fee estimate after your consultation. Unfortunately we are unable to provide you with a fee estimate for any surgical procedures until after your consultation, as our administrative staff are not able to determine what operation you will require.
Do you 'bulk bill' or 'no gap'?
We do not "bulk bill" or "no gap". There are gaps between the surgeon's fees and the amount you can receive back as a rebate from Medicare and your health fund. This is because these rebates have continued to lag well behind inflation and do not reflect the true cost of providing specialist health care.
We will provide a fee estimate for surgery and we encourage you to check with Medicare and your health fund to determine what level of rebate you will receive. Pensioners, Health Care Card holders and those experiencing financial difficulty are invited to discuss their circumstances with our administrative staff.
What are the costs of hospital operations?
This varies widely depending on the type or surgery. With all surgical procedures that are performed in hospital there are three main costs that need to be considered – the surgical fee, the anaesthetic fee and the hospital fee. Your private health fund may cover some of these elements which can significantly reduce the overall costs. We will prepare a detailed invoice which will explain and itemise the costs associated with your surgery.
After hand and/or wrist surgery you will also require treatment by a hand therapist. A hand therapist is an occupational therapist or physiotherapist who has undergone special training in hand therapy. This treatment may include exercises, dressings and compression therapy and custom splinting. We will discuss these costs with you prior to surgery. Hand therapy costs and consumables (such as off-the-shelf splints) may be claimable back through your private health insurance depending on your level of ancillary cover.
Please contact your health insurer to determine what will be covered to avoid potentially significant unexpected out-of-pocket costs.
How do I claim a rebate for my surgery?
Once your surgery has been completed you can take your receipt to Medicare or we can process this for you; once Medicare has assessed your claim you can take your documentation to your health fund. Generally health funds will not pay a rebate on items that are not eligible for a Medicare rebate. Cosmetic surgery is not eligible for Medicare rebates.