You will receive an account from your Anaesthetist that is separate from your hospital, pharmacy, and other medical/doctors bills.
Your account can be paid by cheque, cash, credit card (Bankcard, VISA, Mastercard or Diners Club), EFPOS or money order and then rebates claimed from Medicare and your private fund (if applicable). Credit Card payments can be made over the phone. Alternatively you can claim from Medicare and your private fund first. (NB: if claiming from Medicare first – do so promptly, as it may take weeks to be processed.)
Your account is calculated in accordance with the structure recommended by both the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the AMA, as seen in their List of Medical Services, which means that there is a gap (after Medicare and Private Hospital insurance reimbursements).
This gap varies depending on the complexity of the Anaesthesia and operation, the duration of Anaesthesia and operation, your previous medical conditions, and your post-Anaesthesia/post-operative care.
When Medicare was first introduced, the Medicare Benefit and the AMA Fee were on a par with each other. However, over time the Government Medicare Benefit has remained relatively static and not kept pace with increases in CPI, Inflation, and Average Weekly Earnings.
If you have any concerns you should discuss your “out of pocket” expenses or “gap” with your Anaesthetist prior to your procedure.