Consultation Fees

Consultation fees are billed at the recommended AMA rate. You will be advised of the cost when you make your appointment. A GP referral is required to claim a rebate from Medicare.

WorkCover and CTP covered patients will need to arrange approval through their insurer prior to the consultation. Fees will then be billed directly to the insurer.

DVA patients are fully covered with no out-of-pocket expenses.

Surgical Fees

Dr Freihaut operates exclusively at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Lismore.

Following the consultation, if you require an operation, you will be informed of the fees for surgery. This is your informed financial consent.

Your out-of-pocket expense for surgery depends of your level of cover and what your health fund offers you. For the majority of  patients in a health fund which offers “Gap Cover”, Dr Freihaut’s fee will be billed as No Gap or Known Gap. This includes routine joint replacement surgery.

Your health fund may ask you to provide a list of item numbers for the surgery to confirm your coverage. These can be provided on request.

If you are not in a health fund you are still eligible for surgery with Dr Freihaut at St Vincent’s Private. You can obtain a quote following the consultation and are still eligible for a Medicare rebate which will cover a proportion of the cost.

DVA patients are fully covered with no out-of-pocket expenses.

You will need to contact the anaesthetist and the hospital prior to surgery to ensure you are adequately covered and to be informed of any out-of-pocket expense in this regard.

Other services which may incur a fee during a hospital stay include blood and pathology tests, medical imaging such as x-rays, and medications. You are advised to check with your health fund prior to surgery.