How are fees charged
Payment is required at the time of service;
- Initial Consultation – $160 (30 minutes)
- Subsequent Consultation – $120 (30 minutes)
- Ingrown toenail surgery: $450 (single side) / $80 applies to the additional side
- Wart Surgery: $450 / $100 applies to the additional wart
- Simple tenotomy: $450 / $100 applies to the additional toe
Surgery fees are charged depending on the service provided, but typically;
- Surgeon’s Fee: Fees charged depend on the complexity of the procedure. A printed estimate including item numbers will be given to you during your appointment.
- Theatre and Prosthesis fee: Health insurance coverage of hospital costs varies between insurers. A few insurers pay only the default amount and others cover 100% of costs.
- Anaesthetist Fee: Anaesthetists have a different fee for different procedures. You will be supplied with an informed financial consent regarding your anaesthetic fees and how these should be paid, prior to your procedure.
(Please note that your surgeon fee includes postoperative follow-up appointments for 3 months)
Approximate costs of common procedures:
- Bunion surgery: $2500
- Hallux Limitus/Rigidus: $2500
- Morton’s neuroma: $1600
- Hammertoe: $1300
– Multiple procedures are charged at 50% of the first procedure.
– Hospital fees, anaesthetic fees, assistant fees and prostheses are billed separately. Theses fees range between $1500 and $4000 depending on complexity/duration of your surgery.
Rebates of Podiatric Surgery
- All private health insurances are required to pay for some of the hospitals’ costs and prostheses used during surgery
- If your private health insurances refuse to cover podiatric surgery and its associated fees, you may consider switching to other health funds that provide a better cover for podiatric surgery
- Rebates of podiatric surgery by Medicare and Private Health Insurances have been recognised as an area for concern but governments and industry are slow to react
- You should contact your local federal MP if you feel strongly about this, as your choices are limited by government policy
Medicare and Veteran’s affair
- Although there is no Medicare or Veteran’s affairs rebate available for podiatric surgery at present, your general practitioners may arrange EPC(Enhanced Primary Care) plan covers a part of the consultation fee.
- DVA referral (D904) from General practitioners is required for bulk-billing.
- We do accept worker’s compensation but we advise you to contact your case officer to find out about your eligibility for the treatment before making an appointment.
- We are now able to offer a discounted rate for our uninsured patients. This fee includes the surgeon’s fee, theatre fee, assistant fee and postoperative appointments for 3 months.
- Please inquire during your consultation with Dr Kim.