Scar Revision Costs

Scar Revision in Sydney – Costs

What does it cost to have a scar revision in Sydney?

Like all surgical procedures, a scar revision in Sydney is a complex procedure involving care by multiple different medical professionals. That means there are a few different elements to take into consideration when billing for a Body Lift Operation. The fees for a scar revision in Sydney include:

•    The Surgeon’s Fee (+/- Assistant’s fee)
•    The Anaesthetist’s Fee
•    The Hospital/Facility Fee (includes both the Theatre & Accommodation Fees)

In difficult scars there are likely to be additional costs incurred in ongoing scar management modalities, such as silicone treatment.

The total fee for a scar revision can vary somewhat between patients, depending on the exact procedures chosen, the patient’s other medical needs, and similar factors. However, we can give an estimate for the total cost. When you visit your Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney for your consultation, you will receive a more detailed and personalised estimate of what the costs will be for your scar revision.

Will your scar revision in Sydney be reimbursed by Medicare or your health fund?

Reimbursement for medical professionals performing scar revision is governed by Medicare item numbers. These codes are different depending on the size of the scar and position on the body.

When you see Dr Gavin Sandercoe, he will be able to identify which item numbers will be most appropriate for your scar revision. At that stage, you will then be provided with an accurate pre-operative quote of the costs and what you can expect to be reimbursed by Medicare +/- your health fund. Your out of pocket costs for a scar revision in Sydney will vary depending on several factors.

If you choose to have your procedure performed in the rooms under local anaesthetic, you need to be aware that your private health fund will NOT pay for costs above the Medicare rebate.

If you are choosing to use your private health insurance in hospital (with a general anaesthetic), please ensure that your health fund covers the item numbers. Some health funds are seeking to reduce costs by not covering ‘plastic surgery procedures.’ In some instances, this results in the health funds refusing payment for all item numbers within the Plastic Surgery section of Medicare, including the item numbers used for scar revision. Unfortunately, this may lead to you paying more out of pocket for your scar revision in Sydney; check with your fund to make sure you know what’s covered ahead of time.

http://www.phio.org.au/facts-and-advice/plastic-and-reconstructive-surgery.aspx

 

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