At Petterwood Orthopaedics
Although covered by both Medicare and Private Health Insurance, there are usually some out of pocket costs associated with orthopaedic surgery.
Josh Petterwood is a ‘known gap’ biller. This means that the majority of the surgeon’s fee will be paid directly by Medicare and your Private Health Insurer.
You will be charged a ‘gap’ of between $400 and $500 depending on the complexity of surgery. This is payable seven days prior to your surgery date.
Prior to your operation, you will need to complete an ‘Informed Financial Consent’ form, which clearly explains the surgeon’s fee.
The assistant’s fee is sent directly to your Private Health Insurer.
Our Anaesthetist will invoice you directly for the cost of providing the anaesthetic. You will then be able to claim back the majority of this cost from your Private Health Insurer.
This is normally confined to any excess you may have with your Private Health Insurer.
Josh Petterwood sees privately paying uninsured patients at Calvary Hospital. If you are an uninsured patient and cannot privately pay, please ask for your referral to be sent to his clinic at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
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If you require urgent attention out of hours please contact the Emergency Department at either Calvary Lenah Valley or the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
At Petterwood Orthopaedics we are always looking for the best outcome for you. This could be using the latest surgical innovations, or simply through the right referral for physiotherapy, Pilates or exercise physiology. Sometimes it’s just listening to your needs and making sure you get the right information at the right time.”
Josh Petterwood, Orthopaedic Surgeon