Your invoice for anaesthesia will be based upon Medicare item numbers. A basic invoice will consist of a minimum of 3 item numbers. An example is shown below.
|20160||Type of surgery performed|
|23053||Duration of anaesthesia|
Other item numbers may be charged based on your health, specialised monitoring or pain management techniques. For a very complex case, there can be 10 or more item numbers.
Each individual Anaesthetist decides how much they will charge per item number.
For medical procedures, Medicare card holders will receive a set amount back from Medicare based upon item numbers. Health funds will then top up this payment but usually a gap will be payable.
The gap is the amount you will be out of pocket after Medicare and your health fund have paid their rebates. Each health fund varies in the amount they contribute towards your invoice so it is safest to check with them prior to surgery. Some health funds are better than others.
If your Health Insurance has a Known Gap scheme this will often be utilised. However dependent on the nature, duration and complexity of the surgery this scheme may not be used. If this is the case the full account will be sent to you after surgery for payment prior to claiming from your Health Insurance and Medicare.
If your Health Insurance does not offer a Known Gap Scheme, the full account will be sent to you after surgery for payment prior to claiming from your Health Insurance and Medicare.
A receipt will be sent after payment is received with instructions on who you are able to claim from. Electronic claiming can be done once full payment is received. If you would like for us to lodge your claim, please call the administration team.
All Cosmetic surgery is required to be prepaid and there are no Medicare or health insurance rebates. GST will be added to all cosmetic surgery inline with the law.
Please contact the administration team if you have any queries regarding your fees, payments or claiming help.