Purely cosmetic surgery procedures are not covered by Medicare on any Private Health Insurer.
If your procedure is eligible for a Medicare rebate then you must provide us with a GP referral. If we do not have one then you are not eligible for any rebates.
PRIVATELY INSURED PATIENTS
Some cosmetic surgery procedures attract a Medicare rebate if recognised by the Australian Medical Association. After your consultation with Dr Turner you will be advised if your surgery falls into this category.
For patients having surgery with a Medicare item number attached that have Private health insurance we recommend that you call your private health insurer and ask if you are covered for the item number and/or if your hospital fees are covered. Some insurers will only cover a portion of the hospital fee and the patients is responsible for paying the Gap payment or excess.
Our practice requires surgery payment upfront no later than 2 weeks prior to surgery. After your procedure is performed we will supply you with a receipt of payment which you can then take to your private health insurer after your surgery to claim any rebates that are applicable to you.
Uninsured patients that are having a surgery with an Medicare item number attached are still eligible for a Medicare rebate (although not as high as Insured patients).
Medicare will not cover your hospital fee therefore this expense falls on you, the patient.
Our practice requires surgery payment upfront no later than 2 weeks prior to surgery. We will supply you with a receipt of payment which you can then take to Medicare after your surgery to claim any rebates that are applicable to you.