Comprehensive Neurological and Geriatric Care
Outpatient services do not attract funding from private health funds, although Medicare does provide some reimbursement. Unfortunately, increases in the Medicare rebate have not kept pace with inflation over the last few decades, so there is often a difference between what Medicare will currently pay and the raw costs of providing a good, thorough service. This results in a ‘gap’ payment (see this graph). This will vary slightly between physicians (and between practices). Payment on the day is required with either cash, EFTPOS or credit card.
The total fee on the day must include all Medicare items associated with your visit, and so this can sometimes seem quite large - but our staff will electronically claim the rebate on your behalf at the time of payment, and this is generally refunded very quickly directly to you by Medicare (often on the same day!), so your only out of pocket cost is the gap payment.
The below is an estimate only, and depends on your condition and the Medicare criteria. The gap amount is shown in parentheses following the total cost. Interventions by individual specialists (eg. Botox or other injecting) may carry a different fee structure depending on the Specialist.
These are appointments with your Specialist, generally with a detailed discussion about relevant aspects of your care, review of test results, and the formulation of a treatment strategy.
The first meeting with a Specialist, generally a longer appointment to 'get to know' you.
Follow up to discuss progress and/or make changes
Generally a brief way of touching base between face-to-face appointment.
Additional items may be offered during your course of treatment, including Botox, local anaesthetic, and other interventions.
Nerve and/or muscle testing at the request of another doctor.
Basic testing of both hands to determine the presence of carpal tunnel syndrome.
More detailed testing to evaluate more complex nerve problems in one or more of your limbs.
Complex testing also evaluating muscle function in more detail.
Very detailed cognitive testing, involving a 4 hour appointment as well as follow up Reporting to your referring doctor.
No Medicare or health fund rebate applies.
A more complex assessment requiring substantial time and the preparation of a report to more strict legal standards.
We try our best to estimate costs, but as the cost relies on the determination of the appropriate Medicare Item Number, our staff are unable to give more detailed estimates than the above.
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