Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Please call 02 9602 1113 to speak to our friendly staff to organise an appointment or email a description of your problem with a return contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org and our staff will contact you to organise an appropriate appointment.
The Consultation Fee will be advised at the time of making your appointment. Full payment for all consultations is to be made at the time of appointment by cash, Visa, Mastercard, or Eftpos.
If it is decided that your condition requires surgery Dr O‘Carrigan will go through the consent process and fill out the appropriate paperwork for the hospital.
That hospital will be either :
- Campbelltown Private Hospital
- South West Private Hospital in Liverpool
- St Luke’s Private Hospital in Potts Point or
- Liverpool Day Surgery
Dr O‘Carrigan does not have a public hospital appointment.
At the time of completing the paperwork Dr O‘Carrigan will specify the item numbers that are appropriate to the surgery and based on these his secretaries will provide a detailed quote estimating the overall cost and potential rebate from your private insurance and therefore the estimated out of pocket expenses.
Your health fund will usually fully cover the cost of hospital accommodation and theatre fees as well as any implants used. There may be an excess fee that you have negotiated with the health fund when you took out the insurance.
The three areas where out of pocket expenses can be incurred are:
- Surgeon fee
- Assistant fee
- Anaesthetist fee
We will be able to provide an estimate of these costs but this needs to be confirmed with my assistant and anaesthetist and we will provide the details of this. It is asked that all estimated costs be paid prior to the surgery.
It is also important to understand that the quote is an estimate. Intraoperative circumstances can mean that a slightly different operation to that intended is required and this can change the item numbers and the potential cost.
If there is a difference in the final cost from what was estimated preoperatively this will be reconciled postoperatively. If there is additional cost we make every effort to minimise this but more often a refund is returned to the patient!
The above discussion applies to patients who have private health insurance.
It is possible to treat uninsured patients but it needs to be understood that if a patient chooses to self fund then they are responsible for the entire costs of the treatment including:
- Hospital charges for accommodation
- Charges for theatre fees and all implants
- Surgical fee
- Assistant fee
- Anaesthetic fee
There is a small rebate from medicare for the surgical anaesthetic and assist fee.
People are often surprised at how expensive medical treatment is but when you have to pay for everything it becomes quite clear and therefore most people who choose to self fund can only do this for relatively simple cases where the clinical course is more predictable because any problem that increases the length of stay increases the cost significantly.
If you require surgical treatment but are unable to have this done in the private hospital then Dr O‘Carrigan will refer you to a colleague who can do your operation in the public system. He will provide you with a detailed referral letter to that colleague.