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Frequently Asked Questions

For patients

Yes, you will need a referral letter from your GP/other specialist to make an appointment. This ensures that the referral is appropriate for your condition.

  • Medicare or DVA card
  • Referral Letter
  • Private health insurance details
  • A current list of your medication
  • Details of any drug allergies
  • A copy of any investigations report i.e. ultrasound, CT scan, etc
  • A written list of question that you may like to ask

No. Your private health fund only covers you for inpatient services. But you can claim a part of the fee from Medicare.

At your first visit, Dr Bhutia will take a detailed clinical history and perform the relevant clinical examination, review any X-rays or scan if already available. He will give you an appropriate opinion and recommendations. A letter regarding the outcome of the appointment is always dictated and sent back to the referring clinician and your GP.

Our staff will advise you when you book an appointment of the exact cost and your Medicare rebate. Full payment is requested at the time of the appointment by either cash, cheques, EFTPOS and most credit cards (not American Express or Diners Card). We can process your Medicare claim on your behalf at the time payment is received.

Your health fund will cover the hospital costs and part of the surgeons and the anaesthetist’ fees if you have an appropriate level of private health cover. Dr Bhutia will charge a modest gap fee for a few selected procedures. If you are self-funding the procedure, then the clinic will provide a quote. The clinic uses the rebate rates used by BUPA to work out the quote.

The cost of certain equipment/catheters (e.g. Jetstream Atherectomy catheter) may not be covered by your health funds in which case Dr Bhutia will provide you with a quote.

You will need to check with your chosen health fund if you will incur any out of pocket expenses when you are being admitted to the Private hospital.

There may also be an additional fee from the Anaesthetist for your surgery, a number will be provided to enable you to contact them and discuss this.

Please feel free to contact us regarding any other questions you may have.