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Public Vs Private
Public hospital treatment is free for Australian citizens and permanent residents.
When is a “Second Opinion” helpful?
If you are unhappy with the specialist you are dealing with, either because of his/her manner, facilities, costs or staff, you are entitled to seek a second opinion.
How to avoid unnecessary tests and costs
Take all the relevant test results, especially X-Rays and scans, with you when you first see a new specialist about a problem.
How Much will the Operation/Procedure Cost?
There are often out of pocket costs for the initial consultations with the specialist, ( SeekMedi often shows the Specialist's fees, but you need to register) and for tests, eg X-rays, Pathology etc.
Specialist Fees – How do they work?
Specialists charge consultation fees for appointments in their rooms and these are usually higher than the Medicare rebate.
How to Choose a Specialist
Usually your GP will recommend you see a specialist. Ask your GP what they know about the specialist, their manner and their results, ask if he/she knows what the specialist charges.
Private Health Insurance
If you have private health insurance, you need to consider what it covers before you see the specialist or while you are choosing where and when to have the procedure performed.