Outpatient services – Consultations
At Melbourne Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery we specialise in caring for patients who suffer from problems of the oesophagus (gullet or food pipe) and stomach. Our Doctors, Mr. Michael Hii, Miss. Salena Ward and Mr. Matthew Read have all undergone extensively, focused training in this complex area of care. Our team is passionate about achieving the best surgical outcomes and providing optimal support to patients who require investigation and treatment for these conditions.
Private Health Insurance companies do not pay for outpatient consultations. There are medicare rebates available with a valid doctor’s referral, also listed below, but these do not generally cover the whole cost of the consultation. Where possible, we will endeavour to process the patient’s medicare rebate electronically to allow the rebate to be received within 3 working days.
There are discounted fees for pensioners, concession card holders and health care card holders, also listed below.
Usual consultation fees:
- Initial consultation – $220 (Medicare rebate $73.85)
- Review consultation – $110 (Medicare rebate $37.15)
- Gastric Band Adjustment – Gastric band adjustment – additional $40 to above fees (Medicare rebate $83.30)
Discounted consultation fees for full aged pensioners card holders:
- Initial consultation – $180 (Medicare rebate $73.85)
- Review consultation – $90 (Medicare rebate $37.15)
pH Manometry Cost
- Oesophageal Manometry – $350 (Medicare rebate approximately $148.60)
- 24-hour pH studies – $700 (Medicare rebate approximately $296.60)
- 24-hour Impedance studies - $900 (Medicare rebate approximately $296.60)
- All tests are payable on the day of the test & Medicare rebates apply with a valid referral
Inpatient services - Surgery
For an elective operation, the patient’s private health insurance company and Medicare Australia will cover some costs, but there is often a ‘Gap’, which is an extra fee, payable to the surgeon, which for most surgeries may be up to $500. Fees for each particular procedure should be discussed with the surgeon.
Private hospitals may also require payment depending on level of insurance. Patients should check with the hospital before or at the time of admission for the exact amount.
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