To help you plan for an upcoming procedure, we’ve provided information about anaesthetic fees and how they are charged.
The fees for anaesthesia are separate from the fees charged by your surgeon or the hospital where you have your procedure. The complexity and duration of your procedure will determine the fee charged and it’s your responsibility to pay your anaesthetist for the services provided.
There is often an “out of pocket” expense or “gap” which reflects the difference between the anaesthetic fee & the rebate provided by Medicare & your health fund.
For more detailed information about anaesthetic fees, please read the answers below, or visit the Australian Society of Anaesthetics information page on 'What Will It Cost?'.
Anaesthetic fees are based upon the complexity & duration of the surgical procedure. The total fee is calculated as a number of “units”, with the dollar value calculated on the unit value chosen by your anaesthetist. Recommended unit values are set by professional groups including the ASA and AMA. Most fees are based on but less than the AMA unit value.
We can provide a fee estimate for you prior to your procedure if desired. Use the confidential “Request a quote” form on our website or call our office on (03) 9419 6255 during our business hours.
If you have any concerns about this estimated fee, please discuss them with the rooms prior to your surgery.
You may be able to access a rebate for your anaesthetic through Medicare. If you have private health insurance, you may also receive an additional rebate from your insurer. This varies significantly between different insurers. Check the specific policy arrangement between you and your insurer to find out whether you’re covered.
There is often a gap amount between the anaesthesia fee and any rebates paid by Medicare and private health funds. It is your responsibility to pay to your anaesthetist any gap amount, in addition to your Medicare and private health fund rebates.