Fees & Payment Information
An Anaesthetist is a medical specialist and their fees are separate from those of the surgeon and hospital
- The anaesthetic fee is based on that of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) in collaboration with the Australian Government's Medicare Benefits Schedule (Relative Value Guide)
- However, health funds have chosen to minimise their costs by generally setting their rebates at between 25% to 45% of the recommended fee. This often means the patient must pay an out-of-pocket amount to the anaesthetist.
- Most anaesthetists offer significant discounts off the recommended fee of the AMA and ASA to decrease the cost to their patients. However, there are high costs of running a specialty medical practice which are not met by a health fund rebate of 25-45%. An out-of-pocket amount will often be charged to enable the anaesthetist to continue their practice in anaesthesia.
- Fees are based on the Australian Government's Medical Benefits Schedule (Relative Value Guide) which mandates that anaesthetists charge according to multiple "item numbers". These include item numbers for the preoperative consultation, the type of surgery, duration of anaesthesia and interventions like blood transfusion, epidurals, and special monitoring.
- Estimates of the anaesthetic fee are usually provided prior to surgery. If this has not occurred, please contact us here. Any other fee concerns should also be addressed here.
If you have private health insurance, you may be able to claim an additional rebate from your health fund to cover part of the anaesthetic fee. All health funds have a set of “Terms & Conditions”. You will need to contact your health fund to establish an estimate of your rebate.