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Operation Costs

What are the costs?

There are a number of fees and charges. These include the surgeon, the assistant, the anaesthetist, the hospital bed, operating theatre and any prostheses and implants.

The costs are explained according to whether you have private insurance for full hospital cover, private insurance with intermediate hospital cover or no health insurance.

Patients with private health insurance – St Andrews Hospital

The Surgeon and Assistant
Dr Brazel’s fee depends on the type of operation you are having. Each operation has one or more item numbers, which are used to work out the cost. Depending on the nature of the operation an assistant may be required. In order to simplify arrangements, the account for the Dr Brazel and his assistant will be forwarded directly to your Health Fund for payment. You may be required to pay an out of pocket fee, this will depend on your private health fund coverage. The exact amount of this fee will be advised in writing when your operation is booked. This fee is payable seven days before surgery.

The anaesthetist
NARKOS provide anaesthetist’s services for the Ipswich region. Please contact NARKOS Phone 32819444 for information on their fee and billing policy.

St Andrews Hospital, Ipswich – Hospital bed, operating theatre, prostheses, implants
Normally your health fund will meet the full costs of the hospital bed, operating theatre and any prostheses and implant required. Often there is an excess required to be paid before the operation. You should contact your Health Fund to determine the level of coverage you have.

Patients with intermediate private health insurance – Ipswich General Hospital

The Surgeon and Assistant
Dr Brazel’s fee depends on the type of operation you are having. Each operation has one or more item numbers, which are used to work out the cost. Depending on the nature of the operation an assistant may be required. In order to simplify arrangements, the account for the Dr Brazel and his assistant will be forwarded directly to your Health Fund for payment. You may be required to pay an out of pocket fee, this will depend on your private health fund coverage. The exact amount of this fee will be advised in writing when your operation is booked. This fee is payable seven days before surgery.

The anaesthetist
NARKOS provide anaesthetist’s services for the Ipswich region. Please contact NARKOS Phone 32819444 for information on their fee and billing policy.

Ipswich General Hospital – Hospital bed, operating theatre, prostheses and implants
Normally your health fund will meet the full costs of the hospital bed, operating theatre and any prostheses and implants required. Often there is an excess required to be paid before the operation.

You should contact your Health Fund to determine the level of coverage you have.

Patients without private health insurance – St Andrews Hospital

The Surgeon and Assistant
Dr Brazel’s fee depends on the type of operation you are having. Each operation has one or more item numbers, which are used to work out the cost. Depending on the nature of the operation an assistant may be required. The details of Dr Brazel and his assistant’s fee will be explained prior to the operation and a written quote provided. In most cases it will be accurate but it may vary if something different is found during surgery and different item numbers apply.

Full payment will be required seven days prior to the operation. You will be able to claim some of the costs back from Medicare after the surgery when the receipt is forwarded onto you.

The anaesthetist
NARKOS provide anaesthetist’s services for the Ipswich region. Please contact NARKOS Phone 32819444 for information on their fee and billing policy.

 The anaesthetist’s fee also depends on the item number.

Full payment will be required seven days prior to the operation.

The hospital bed, operating theatre, prostheses and implants
The hospital bed is charged according to the number of days you are in hospital. The cost of the operating theatre varies according to the complexity of your operation and how long it takes. Some orthopaedic operations may require the use prostheses and implants, such as hip and knee replacements, plates and screws.

You should contact St Andrews hospital to obtain a quote on the cost of the hospital bed (if not day surgery), operating theatre and any prostheses and implants required.

Full payment will be required seven days prior to the operation.

Patients without private health insurance – Ipswich General Hospital

The Surgeon and Assistant
Dr Brazel’s fee depends on the type of operation you are having. Each operation has one or more item numbers, which are used to work out the cost. Depending on the nature of the operation an assistant may be required. The details of Dr Brazel and his assistant’s fee will be explained prior to the operation and a written quote provided. In most cases it will be accurate but it may vary if something different is found during surgery and different item numbers apply.

Full payment will be required seven days prior to the operation. You will be able to claim some of the costs back from Medicare after the surgery when the receipt is forwarded onto you.

The anaesthetist
NARKOS provide anaesthetist’s services for the Ipswich region. Please contact NARKOS Phone 32819444 for information on their fee and billing policy.

Full payment will be required seven days prior to the operation.

The hospital bed, operating theatre, prostheses and implants
The hospital bed is charged according to the number of days you are in hospital. There is no operating theatre fee in a public hospital if you are an intermediate patient. If are a pensioner, there is no fee for prostheses or implants. If you are not a pensioner there is a fee for prostheses or implants.

You should contact Ipswich General Hospital on 07 3810 1111, to obtain a quote on the cost of the hospital bed (if not day surgery) and any prostheses and implants required.

Full payment will be required seven days prior to the operation