Frequently Asked Questions
It is always preferable to have a referal letter as this details your present medical condition and past medical history. Your GP can also assess whether our orthopaedic surgeon is the correct medical specialist for you to see. Also you will not be able to get a rebate from Medicare without a referral letter. Our reception staff are happy to advise you on this when you make your appointment.
Unfortunately you will not be able to get a Medicare rebate with a referral from your physiotherapist. However, we always value your input from treating physio if they wish to give you a letter to bring with you.
It is better to ensure you know all estimated expenses prior to the surgery Our staff are happy to help you navigate your way through this area if you require any assistance.
I am on a student visa and have overseas travel insurance. Can I get treatment through Coast Orthopaedics?
We see many overseas students with knee injuries. If you require surgery we would need to get prior approval from your insurance company to proceed with this.
I have injured my knee playing sport and my clubs have sports insurance. Will this cover my surgery?
If you do not have private health insurance your sports insurance will only cover a portion of your surgical fees. They will cover some of your hospital fees but not the doctor fees. Our reception staff is happy to discuss this with you at the time of consultation or booking.
Our surgeons operate at Allamanda Hospital which is a private hospital. We can get a quote for you at the time of consultation. Some private lists are also available at the public hospital which are often a better option for patients who do not have private cover. Again a quote can be arranged at the time of your consultation.
Yes. Please refer to the billing section on the website.
Unfortunately patients on a reciprocal Medicare arrangement are not fully covered for costs.
Your GP may elect to get this done prior to your visit, otherwise our surgeons will organise the for you at the time of your consultation if needed.
If you want to be treated in the public hospital it is preferable for your GP to refer you directly to the orthopaedic outpatient clinic. You will not be able to get an earlier appointment in the public outpatient clinic by seeing our surgeons through the private system.