Consultation fees are generally in line with those considered fair and reasonable by the Australian Medical Association (AMA). Please note Eastern Suburbs Dermatology is a private medical practice.
Consultations and treatment at no out of pocket cost are only available at major public hospital outpatients’ department – Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
When do we expect payment?
Fees are payable on the day of consultation and we accept cash, cheque, EFTPOS, Mastercard and Visa. Where tissue samples are taken – pathology fees are not included in the additional service costs, a separate account will be issued by the pathology provider. Certain additional surgical services such as excision removal of tumours cannot be charged until the result of the pathology test is known as per Medicare reimbursement requirements and an invoice will be provided and payable once the test results are received.
Fees payable to Eastern Suburbs Dermatology do not include pathology fees (see above).
Holders of a current Australian Government issued Aged Pension Card or government issued Health Care Card may be offered a discounted dermatologist fee provided that the entitlement card is produced at the time of consultation. Currently Eastern Suburbs Dermatology accepts as full payment for services (not cosmetic) rendered for Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card holders (and those with white cards specific for skin disorders).
A number of procedures are classified by Medicare as being purely cosmetic for which there is no Medicare rebate, for these services GST must be added. Your dermatologist will advise you if your procedure is not covered by Medicare prior to your treatment. Health funds are not able at this point in time to provide rebates for treatment carried out in the practice setting.
Medicare online claims
Patients may lodge an electronic claim for their Medicare rebate on the spot after payment of their fee. Payments are generally processed within 24 hours by Medicare provided your account details registered with Medicare are correct.
Dermatologists providing consultative and procedural services at Eastern Suburbs Dermatology are all Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Practising individual dermatologists at Eastern Suburbs Dermatology have sub-specialisation interests in paediatric dermatology, surgical dermatology, and women’s and cosmetic dermatology.