FROM CONSULT TO SURGERY
At your initial consultation, Dr Ross Farhadieh will:
- ask you to talk about yourself, and to convey to him what concerns you the most, and what results you’re expecting to achieve
- discuss with you, in detail, the options for addressing your areas of concern
- review your past medical and surgical history, including any medications you may be on
- perform a physical examination relevant to the intended procedure
A plan is formulated to address your areas of concern. This plan will be explained and discussed at length, including intended benefits; details of the procedure itself; recovery timelines; side effects, and any potential complications even if they are rare and uncommon.
Please bring with you:
- Any relevant scans and scan reports or medical referrals. Its always a good idea to keep your GP in the loop
- Any medical and surgical reports, if relevant
- An up-to-to date list of medications
- Any pictures/images which you think will help convey your desired outcomes
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCIAL
We often find these matters are confusing to some patients due to the large amount of information provided all at once one and we will endeavour to answer all of your questions or concerns. In summary, please find information regarding administration and financial matters for surgery as follows:
Estimate of fees:
- After your consult, our practice manager will email you within 48 hours with an itemised estimate of fees along with potential surgery dates. Otherwise, please email call 1300 03 03 71 or email [email protected]
- Please sign the estimate of fees and return back to us at your earliest convenience.
- If you qualify for an item number(s), please call your private health insurance and they will inform you whether it is covered.
- You will be contacted by the anaesthetist 3-7 days prior to your procedure.
- Pending on your policy and the level of cover, a hospital excess fee may be applicable. Please enquire with your health fund.
- A signed and dated copy of your consent form is needed for hospital admission.
- The hospital will contact you the day before your procedure, usually before 4pm.
- If you do not hear from them by 5pm, you may call the hospital any time before 8pm.
- A member of the hospital staff will advise you of your admission time.
- You will also be asked to complete an eAdmissions form.
- Please allow 15-30 minutes to complete your eAdmission.
For more information regarding Medicare rebates, Medicare Safety Nets and hospital treatment as a public vs private patient, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has put together a comprehensive guide which you may find useful: https://ama.com.au/article/guide-patients-how-health-care-system-funds-medical-care.