Patient Information

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Consultation Costs

What are the costs?

Initial consultation
A higher fee is charged when you see the doctor for the first time.  This is because extra time is allocated for this visit. Information on the initial fee and the corresponding Medicare rebate can be obtained by contacting us.

Subsequent consultation
A lower fee is charged when you see the doctor again. This is because less time is usually needed once the doctor has become familiar with your condition. Information on the subsequent consultation fee and the corresponding Medicare rebate can be obtained by contacting us.

Postoperative consultation
During the postoperative period, the cost of visiting the doctor is included in the operation fee. The period varies according to the surgery, and is determined by the Medicare Benefits Schedule. For major surgery, the period is usually six weeks, but varies considerably.

Extra costs

If a procedure is performed at the time of the consultation, you will be charged extra for this. Procedures include injections, and application of plasters. You will be able to claim a Medicare rebate for these procedures and your private health fund may cover the costs. You may be charged extra for a water proof fibreglass plaster.

How will I be charged and how should I pay?

You will be issued with an invoice at the end of the consultation, and will be required to pay at the time of the visit. You may pay with cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card (Mastercard and Visa only). You will need to pay the whole cost of the consultation, and then take the invoice to Medicare for a rebate. Concessions are not routinely offered for health care card holders. If you have a WorkCover claim and are seeing the doctor for your injury, you must provide your claim number, or you will have to pay the bill yourself. If someone else is to pay the bill, you must provide written authorisation.

What should I bring?

You will need a referral letter from your doctor. This is very important, as it tells the doctor what you have been sent for, and may give extra important information such as your illnesses or medications. Without a referral letter you will only be able to claim a General Practitioner Medicare rebate. You must also bring any x-rays or scans of the problem area. You should continue to bring all x-rays and scans to subsequent consultations unless Dr Brazel tells you not to.