Depending on the nature of your appointment e.g. initial consult or review, will determine the time needed for your consultation.
Generally an initial consultation is longer as there is more information to discuss and in can be between 15-30 minutes in duration.
A review consultation can be between 10 – 20 minutes – if longer is needed then that will be managed on a case by case basis.
If it is your first visit or a review visit – please ensure you have a current referral from either your GP or Medical Specialist. If you do not have a current referral then Medicare will not give you the Medicare rebate meaning you will be out of pocket for the entire consulting fee.
GP referrals are usually valid for 12 months (unless otherwise stated by the referrer)
Specialist referrals are usually for 3 months
|Fee||Rebate||Out of Pocket|
|Initial Consultation||$ 240||$ 78.05||$ 161.95|
|Review||$ 140||$ 39.25||$ 100.75|
|Fee||Rebate||Out of Pocket|
|Initial Consultation||$ 190||$ 78.05||$ 111.95|
|Review||$ 120||$ 39.25||$ 80.75|
We ask for payment of the full consultation fee after your appointment. We will then lodge your Medicare Claim electronically via our clinical software system, provided you have a valid Medicare card and current GP referral at the time of your visit.
Workcover and TAC:
This practice treats patients who have experienced workplace or motor vehicle accidents.
We charge an initial consultation fee of $300 for all Workcover Claims. Any subsequent reviews or surgery will be billed directly to your Workcover Insurer provided you have a Claim ID and approval for consultation or surgery.
If you need to see our surgeons within 90 days of an accident, and have a TAC Claim ID, all costs are billed directly to TAC. If you are seeking treatment outside this window of time, you will be charged an initial fee of $300 to be paid up front. This can be claimed back following re-activation of your TAC Claim, and approval from the TAC. Any subsequent surgery will be covered as long as we have received approval prior to surgery.
Please call our office to find out further information.
Our doctors only see Uninsured Patients at the Public Hospital Outpatient Clinics.
If you do not have Private Health Insurance and are wishing to be placed on the Waiting List at Frankston Hospital, please ask your GP to refer you to the Frankston Hospital Orthopaedic Outpatients Department. Our surgeons do not have access to this Waiting List. Referrals are only accepted from General Practitioners.
Surgical Fees at Principle Orthopaedics are set at 15% less than those recommended by the Australian Medical Association. The difference between this fee, and the Medicare Schedule Fee is the Out of Pocket fee. Below is a list of the expected Gap Fee for our most common surgical procedures. We ask for payment of this fee prior to surgery.
|Out of Pocket Fee|
|Total Hip Replacement||$ 2356.15|
|Total Knee Replacement||$ 2356.15|
|Partial Knee Replacement||$ 2163.75|
Informed Financial Consent
Before confirming any surgical bookings, you will be provided with an Informed Financial Consent to sign. This outlines the details of the procedure, the Gap Fee charged by the surgeon and an explanation of other potential costs of surgery; Anaesthetist, Surgical Assistant, Health Insurance Excess fees. There can also be out of pocket costs for pathology and imaging both pre and post operatively.
Our friendly reception team are always happy to assist in explaining these fees.
If you can’t attend please contact the rooms so that we can reschedule your appointment and use the appointment time for another patient. If you do not cancel the appointment and do not attend on the day there is a $95.00 cancellation fee applicable.
Uninsured Patients – Our Doctors only see Uninsured Patients at the Public hospital outpatients Department.
If you do not have Private Health Insurance and are wishing to be placed on the Waiting List at Frankston Public, please ask your GP to refer you to the Frankston Public Hospital Orthopaedic Outpatients Department. Our Doctors cannot refer you directly as only GP referrals are accepted by the Frankston Public Hospital Orthopaedic Outpatients Department.