The fee for your anaesthesia may vary, depending upon your procedure, your health insurance company, your type of cover, and your personal circumstances.
Please call (08) 8232 5755 for a quote for the fee for your anaesthesia service.
You may receive rebates for the anaesthesia fee from Medicare, and your health insurance company. The minimum rebate you receive will be the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Fee. On 1st November 2019 Medicare rebates for some anaesthesia services were reduced or removed completely, which impacts upon out-of-pocket expenses for some patients. For further information regarding these changes please refer to – MBS Review: November 1 changes (for patients).
Unfortunately, this amount bears no resemblance to a fair and reasonable fee, as represented by the AMA fee schedule. However, in order to prevent a very large expense or “gap” to you, our usual fees are significantly less than the AMA fee in most instances. Most insurance companies will pay more than the MBS fee, but less than our fee, and well below the AMA fee. There may therefore be a “gap” payable. See more from the AMA – Why the Gap.
The fee charged by your anaesthetist is related to the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) number or the Relative Value Guide (RVG) number. Please visit the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) website for more billing information.
If you are insured with Medibank Private, BUPA, HCF or any of the Australian Health Service Alliance companies your insurer may pay the MBS and insurance rebates directly to your Anaesthetist. You may only have to pay the “gap” and not have to make a claim upon your insurer.
The insurer NIB does not provide this service, and their rebates may be much lower, with a higher “gap” payable. NIB members, and uninsured patients, will be asked to make arrangements to pay the anaesthesia fee in full, prior to surgery.
On 1st April 2019, the Australian Government introduced reforms to help make it easier for people to understand what they are covered for under their private health insurance policies, creating four tiers of hospital products – Gold, Silver, Bronze and Basic. Click here to find out more.
Please call us on (08) 8232 5755 for an estimate of fees.