Pricing & Services

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Rheumatologist Consultation

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  • Comprehensive initial and follow up consultations for patients to help address your rheumatological health issues.
  • The out of pocket fee differs between initial or follow up appointment – with follow up out of pocket costs reduced compared to your first appointment.
  • The out of pocket fee also varies depending upon the complexity of your health issues.
  • Initial consultation 45-60 minutes. Follow up consultation 15-20 minutes.


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Joint Injections

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  • We perform steroid injections into joints, tendon sheaths and bursae for a small out of pocket fee.
  • Injections are performed in the rooms usually during your consultation.


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Interventional Cervical Spine Care Service

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  • For patients with suspected cervical facet joint pain as a cause of chronic neck pain.
  • Cervical medial branch and third occipital nerve blocks for diagnosis of facet joint pain
  • Cervical radiofrequency ablations and intraarticular injections for proven facet joint pain
  • All patients need to book an initial consultation to discuss the risks and benefits of any procedures and assess if appropriate for your circumstances


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Out of pocket fees for consultations and other services can vary due to a number of factors including:

  • Whether this is your first appointment or a follow up – follow up consultations have reduced out of pocket costs.
  • The complexity of your health issues.
  • The level of your private health insurance with respect to in-hospital services we provide for interventional cervical spine care. Private health insurance in Australia does not contribute or subsidise out of hospital expenses such as a rheumatologist consultation in rooms.

You can reduce your out of pocket fees by ensuring you have:
 

  • A valid referral from your GP or other specialist.
  • A valid Medicare or DVA card.

We value education at The Arthritis Rheum and that includes informed financial consent for our patients. The below links help shed light on how your fees are determined and the contributions of Medicare and private health funds to recover some of the costs of your health care. We always recommend calling to speak with one of our staff to determine which of our set fees is appropriate for your circumstances.
 

Useful links:

Australian Medical Association – Informed Financial Consent

Commonwealth Ombudsman – Informed Financial Consent

Choice Magazine – Understanding Private Health Fund Cover and “Gaps”