Purely Cosmetic procedures are not covered by Medicare or any Private Health Insurance.
If you are eligible for a 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
For patients having surgery with a Medicare item number and have private health insurance, we recommend that you call your private health insurer and ask if you are covered for the Medicare item number. Some insurers will only cover a portion of the hospital fee and the patient is responsible for paying the gap payment or excess.
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 your private health insurance after your surgery to claim any rebates that are applicable to you.
Uninsured patients that are having surgery with a Medicare item number attached are still eligible for a Medicare rebate (although not as high as those with private health insurance).
Medicare will not cover your hospital fee therefore this expense falls on you, the patient.