An anaesthetist’s fees are separate from costs charged by the private hospital and surgeon. River City Anaesthetists adopt a balanced stance in their fee structure to reduce the out-of-pocket expense incurred by the patient whilst maintaining the highest standard of anaesthetic practice.
Medicare will rebate a portion of your anaesthetist’s fee and if you have private health insurance, your health fund will rebate a further portion. Often there will be a remaining portion of the fee for you (the patient) to pay, known as a ‘gap’ payment. The amount of rebate covered varies between private health funds and will determine the gap payment amount for each patient.
Your health fund will be able to provide a better understanding of the level of private health cover that will be applied to your anaesthetist’s fees and what amount you can expect to have to pay.
Informed financial consent
Once your surgeon notifies us of your procedure, our support staff will make every effort to contact and notify you with a fee estimate prior to your procedure. There will be times however when your procedure is an emergency or is booked with short notice and we may not be able to provide this information before your surgery.
If you have any queries regarding your anaesthetist’s fees or have not been informed of your out-of-pocket costs, please contact us.