Initial consultations cost $250. Included in this cost is: 1. A thorough assessment of your condition - including taking a detailed history, examining you and reviewing your images (X-rays and MRI scans) 2. A detailed explanation of your condition including diagrams, 3D models, videos and a question and answer session. 3. A detailed plan for your treatment - this includes both non-surgical (physiotherapy, hand therapy, self management, steroids, splinting) and surgical options 4. An opportunity to discuss your treatment options. 5. At this point, Dr Coll can arrange an MRI scan which will be bulk billed. You are welcome to return to discuss your condition, or review further images obtained. An initial consultation takes 30 minutes, and Dr Coll works very hard to ensure you are seen within 45 minutes of your appointment time, although this is not always possible, due to surgical and other emergencies. You will receive a $75 rebate back from Medicare provided you have referral, and the consultation is face to face. A follow-up appointment costs $150. Included in this cost is: 1. A discussion of your images, and a demonstration on a large screen, of the issues which may be causing your symptoms 2. A more detailed treatment strategy 3. Further discussion and an opportunity to answer questions - feel free to write them down before your consultation! We offer a premium service, and excellent explanation of your problem, to the best of medicine's current understanding. Any gaps in knowledge are due to a lack of medical research, and you are welcome to donate to your preferred medical research group, to facilitate the improvement of understanding of your body. A follow-up appointment takes 15 minutes. Any additional time required, may come at an additional cost, to cover our overheads. You will receive a $37 rebate back from Medicare provided you have a valid referral and the consultation is face to face.
What does private surgery generally cost?
It is difficult to quote exactly what your out of pocket costs will be. These figures apply to surgery in Cairns Private Hospital or Cairns Day Surgery: Generally speaking (in 2022), if you do have private health insurance, your out of pocket costs may be: 1. Joint replacement (check you are covered): $5,000 2. Knee arthroscopy: $2000 3. Carpal Tunnel Release: $1000
Or if you don't have private health insurance: 1. Joint replacement: $30,000 2. Knee arthroscopy: $7,000 3. Carpal Tunnel Release: $3,500
These are deliberately general figures, and a quote specific to your needs can be given on your appointment with your surgeon. Costs are increased at CPI rates, in November each year. The rebate will not increase until after 2020. Most insurers require 12 months of coverage before they will cover you for your surgical costs. You are covered for all pre-existing injuries after 12 months.
We hope this has been of assistance to you, and are happy to explain your personal needs at an appointment with your surgeon.
On-site Ultrasound COST
Dr Coll offers an on-site ultrasound service. The cost of a diagnostic ultrasound is $50 and is used to assess rotator cuff surgery results and wrist surgery outcomes. The cost of an ultrasound guided steroid injection is $225 and this can be done with the assistance of a nurse.