Fees are based on the schedule recommended by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) resulting in a gap between the fee charged and the refund obtained from Medicare and your private health fund. The AMA fees reflect the cost of providing professional facilities and running a practice. Medicare rebates have not kept pace with inflation since their introduction in 1973. Payment of the gap is the responsibility of the patient. An estimate of fees and anticipated out of pocket expenses will be provided before elective surgery. Prepayment of surgical and anaesthetic fees are required before some procedures.
From 21/12/01, the Federal Privacy Act of 1988 has been amended to apply to all doctors in private practice. The National Privacy Principles (NPPs) require that fully informed voluntary consent is obtained before or as soon as practical after the collection of health information. This is particularly important for “secondary purposes” such as auditing surgical results and carrying out clinical research etc. These quality assurance activities should be a normal part of good surgical practice. Record keeping for plastic surgery may be in the form of clinical photographs. The privacy of individual patients is strictly maintained when reporting the results of audits or research to the medical profession. You may request access to your records. Please discuss concerns about the privacy of your personal information with Associate Professor Johnstone.