The initial consultation requires a referral. Referrals from a General Practitioner are valid for twelve months, and for three months from a Specialist. An extended period of time is allocated for the initial consultation and therefore a higher fee is charged.
You may need to return for further consultations following the initial consultation. This may be required for test results, investigations and ongoing monitoring of your condition. A lower fee is charged for these consultations as less time is usually allocated.
The early post-operative care consultation is included in the fee for surgery (this includes the in-hospital care). At times further care is required in hospital which may require billing.
Briz Brain & Spine choose to use the Australian Medical Association as a guideline for billing purposes. For additional information regarding patient fees please contact our office and one of our team members will be able to assist in your enquiry.
Methods of Payment
On completion of the consultation, you will be issued with an invoice and required to pay at the time of the visit. You may pay by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Once this is finalised, our receptionist will submit the claim to Medicare for processing of your rebate.
If you have submitted a WorkCover Claim or Third Party Claim, you will need to bring your Claim Number, contact details of the assigned Case Manager, and current WorkCover Certificate to the consultation. The account will be the responsibility of the patient and will require payment at the time of consultation.
If the account is to be paid by another person, business or employer, written authorisation is to be provided at the time of consultation and will be required to be pre-paid prior to the consultation.
Remember to bring…
- Your referral letter (without this you may not be able to claim the full Medicare rebate)
- Both past and recent x-rays and scans
- Claim number, contact details of assigned Case Manager and WorkCover Medical Certificates (if it is a WorkCover or Third Party Claim)