Consultations for new patients at Brisbane Colorectal are charged at the time of consultation, and payment is preferred immediately following the consultation. We accept Visa or Mastercard, EFTPOS, cheques or cash as payment. We also offer BPAY as an option for online payments.
The fees are not standardised, however Dr. Slack and Dr. Gillespie currently charge most patients below the AMA (Australian Medical Association) recommended rate. Particularly complex or time-consuming consultations may attract a higher fee.
Patients are entitled to a rebate from Medicare if they have a current referral. We are in the process of setting up an online Medicare claiming system in the rooms. Please note, Private Health Insurance companies do not cover costs for consultations in rooms.
The current Medicare rebate for initial consultations is $72.75 and a review appointment is $36.55.
If a decision is made to proceed with a procedure/surgery, we will provide you with a written estimate of the costs. This will include a breakdown of Medicare cover, your Private Health Insurance company cover (if insured), and “gap” payment as appropriate. Most, but not all procedures will attract an out-of-pocket “gap” payment.
The Anaesthetist will bill you separately. We will provide you with their contact details once a date has been booked.
In all cases we recommend patients contact their Private Health Insurance company directly to discuss their planned procedure and clarify their financials.
We do not provide an estimate of costs for procedures/surgery prior to seeing new patients, as fees may vary depending on the complexity of the case.
We do not offer open access endoscopy services as we prefer to assess new patients first and provide a treatment plan specific to the needs of each patient.
For patients without Private Health insurance, we can provide an estimate of the cost of any recommended procedure. However, the out-of-pocket cost will be greater.
Additional costs include:
– Anaesthetist fee
– Accomodation & theatre fees (which are often covered by Private Health Insurance)
Uninsured patients are entitled to a refund from Medicare. Dr Slack and Dr Gillespie also work in the public sector and are always happy to refer patients to public hospitals for treatment once they have been assessed.