Appointments and Fees
Dr Barui's appointments are 30 minutes for a new patient and 15 minutes for a follow-up appointment. In consideration of other patients, please be on time for your appointment. Please be aware that it can take some time to find a park at the hospital. Running late for your appointment may mean rescheduling to a later date.
Our reception staff will advise you of the initial consultation fee and any Medicare rebates that may apply at the time of making your appointment. We ask that all consultation fees be paid on the day of your appointment. We accept cash, EFTPOS, Mastercard and Visa.
We require a copy of your current referral from your general practitioner or specialist to make an appointment with Dr Barui. Dr Barui does not conduct medico-legal or insurance claim examinations.
If surgery is recommended, we will provide you with an estimate of the fees for your procedure. Your itemised quote will include an estimate of the Surgeon's Fee, Surgical Assistant's Fee (if applicable) and an estimate of the Health Insurance Fund/ Medicare rebates that may apply. Settlement of your account is required prior to your procedure.
You will also be provided with details of your Anaesthetist to obtain further information about your anaesthetic, including fee estimates any rebates that may apply.
Clinic staff can only provide an accurate fee estimate after your clinic consultation, as the estimate is determined by the type, nature and complexity of the operation as recommended by Dr Barui. Some health insurance policies will contain exclusions for particular procedures. If your policy contains an exclusion for your procedure, health fund rebates will not apply however, you may still be eligible for a Medicare rebate.
Uninsured patients (including patients with policy exclusions) undertaking surgery in a private hospital will also be personally liable for their entire hospital facility fee - this includes the operating theatre fee and prosthetic implant costs. In addition, uninsured patients may also be personally liable for the costs associated with the management of unexpected complications that may occur after your procedure. This, for example, may include the costs associated with admission to cardiac care or intensive care facility or consultation by another specialist to help deal with any issues that may arise following surgery.
We strongly recommend you check early with your health insurance fund to determine if you have exclusions on your policy.
What is the Medicare Benefits Schedule?
The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) is a listing of how much financial assistance the government will provide to assist patients with the costs associated with health care provided by a private specialist.
What is a 'gap'?
A gap is the difference between the fee charged by your health care provider and the rebate you can claim through Medicare. For surgical procedures, your health insurance provider will also contribute some assistance to reduce the gap. The amount of assistance varies between different health insurance funds. The remainder of the gap represents an 'out of pocket' expense to the patient. For clinic appointments (out of hospital), your health insurance provider will not provide assistance however, Medicare rebates will still apply.
Why does a gap exist?
The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) represents the amount of financial assistance the Commonwealth will provide for people undertaking health care outside of public hospitals. The amount of assistance is determined by the government, taking into account economic and budgetary constraints.
Since the development of the MBS in 1985, the Medicare schedule has not increased in line with inflation to reflect the increasing costs of health care provision. This includes sequential 'Medicare Freeze' episodes, where the MBS has been indexed at 0% growth, effectively widening the gap even faster.
Health insurance funds do provide financial assistance to reduce gap expenses, however, the degree of contribution is variable. For example, Australian health insurance funds at present provide no financial assistance for a doctor's consultation, unless you are admitted within a hospital. Even when a patient is admitted into a hospital, most health insurance funds will co-contribute only a small proportion of the amount allocated by Medicare. This is rarely enough to eliminate gap 'out of pocket' expenses.
What is the AMA Schedule?
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) issues a regularly updated listing of recommended average fees for the provision of medical services. The AMA schedule is widely considered the independent standard of what constitutes fair and appropriate fees for the provision of medical services within Australia.
The AMA fee schedule has increased in line with standard inflation since 1985. Due to inadequate growth in health funds and government rebates provided to patients over many decades, the difference between the AMA fee schedule and the MBS/ Health Fund fee schedule has increased over time. This difference 'Gap' is passed onto the patient depending on their level of insurance cover. Patients holding health insurance policies that provide rebates with reference to the AMA fee schedule do not incur a gap when the doctor charges the recommended AMA fee. Patients who hold insurance policies that provide coverage less than the AMA fee schedule are liable for a gap payment when the doctor charges the recommended AMA fee.
What is an Item Number?
An Item Number is a code which identifies a particular medical service or procedure. For example, Total Knee Replacement is identified by the item number '49518'. Some operations involve more than one part and therefore are associated with more than one item number. When provided with a quote for your operation, the item number(s) will be listed. This information is required by your health insurance provider to calculate the benefit you will receive for this service. The number(s) will also be required by the hospital and other providers of health care services to calculate fees associated with your care.
You are strongly advised to check with your health insurance provider if you have 'exclusions' on your cover. Lower cost insurance premiums often have fine print exclusions which in particular apply to joint replacement procedures.
What are "No Gap" or "Gap Cover" schemes?
"Gap Cover" represents what individual health care funds would like to pay for medical services. Gap Cover rates are determined by health insurance funds themselves, without appropriate consultation with physicians and other health providers within the medical industry. Conditions associated with Gap Cover arrangements are determined by the health insurance providers themselves and therefore differ between policies. Most surgeons do not participate in Gap Cover arrangements or participate only on a selective basis.
What to Bring
You will need a referral to see Dr Barui for a consultation. This can be obtained from your treating doctor or general practitioner. Please advise us if you have more than one condition that you wish to discuss with Dr Barui to ensure the appropriate time is allocated. Please bring to your appointment:
The referral letter from your GP or another practitioner
All x-rays, scans or other investigations
A list of your current medications
Medicare and other relevant cards eg. pension or concession cards
Health Fund card or details
Workcover patients are required to bring details of their claim number, employer details and workplace contact details
Where to Find Us
We are located at Entrance 2 of St. Vincent’s Hospital (off Scott Street). Once you have come through Entrance 2, turn left and we are the third door on the left on the ground floor.
Metered car parking is available on the streets around St. Vincent’s Hospital. Paid parking is available behind Impressions Coffee Shop in Scott Street or via Entrance 4 of St. Vincent’s Hospital. Patient drop off is available at Entrance 2.
Accommodation is available close to the hospital. Please ask our staff if you require assistance with this.