If you are not in a Private Health Fund and you need surgery, you have two alternatives:
1. Go on a Waiting List at the Public Hospital, or
2. Pay for the operation yourself (“SELF FUNDED”).
Patients without private health insurance or those wishing to proceed with surgery through the public hospital are able to do so at either Wollongong or Shellharbour public hospital DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF SURGERY REQUIRED. The care in the public hospital is free of charge to you. However, the Waiting List for operations in the Public system can be considerable, currently upwards of twelve months ON MANY OCCASIONS and patients are admitted to hospital on a “first come, first served” basis.
An increasing number of people are choosing to “SELF FUND” or pay for their own surgery, so they don’t have to wait. My Practice Manager will be happy to provide you with an accurate costing. A proportion of my fees and the anaesthetic fees attract a small rebate from Medicare. All the private hospital fees associated with your surgery are an out-of-pocket expense, but we will assist you in obtaining an estimate of costs from the private hospital before you go ahead with your surgical procedure.