Fees and Accounts
Dr Allan aims to provide all patients, whether they be public or private, with a clear understanding of the fees charged by his practice.
For consultations at Dr Allan's rooms there are standard fees, which are discounted for pensioners and health care card holders. The fee for the consultation is payable at the time of consultation and a portion is then able to claimed from Medicare. Please contact the secretary at Dr Allan's office to discuss these fees.
Payment options include cash, cheque, or Credit Card (Visa and Mastercard only).
Dr Allan sees all private patients and some uninsured patients in his private rooms. Please discuss this with the medical secretary when booking your appointment.
All appointments are made through the RPA Medical Centre – fees are standard across locations.
Workers Compensation and Third Party patients are welcome, but prior approval from your insurer is necessary before making an appointment.
For overseas visitors (who are not covered by Medicare) please contact the office to discuss fees and charges.
Dr Allan oversees an outpatient clinic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on a monthly basis. There are no charges for these clinics for Medicare-eligible patients.
The fee you will be charged for surgery is dependent upon the classification of your hospital admission.
Are you a Private Patient?
Anyone can elect to be a private patient.
If you have valid health insurance, you may choose to use this and have your treatment in your choice of hospital. Dr Allan generally charges fees in accordance with those recommended by the Australian Medical Association. You will have the opportunity to discuss the fees charged by Dr Allan prior to surgery, and you will also receive written confirmation of these fees prior to surgery.
Pensioners and Health care card holders who elect to use their health insurance in selected cases may be able to use the 'Known Gap' or 'Gapcover' component of their health insurance.
If you do not have health insurance but still wish to be treated as a
private patient, you are able to elect to be admitted to Royal Prince
Alfred Hospital or North Shore Private Hospital as a ‘Private
Uninsured’ patient. As you do not have health insurance, the hospitals
require you to cover the cost of your accommodation. These costs will
be explained to you prior to surgery.
The written estimate of fees (or quote) will need to be signed by the patient and returned to Dr Allan's office prior to the booking of your surgery.
Are you a Workcover patient?
If you are covered by Workcover or a Third Party insurer, generally the insurer will cover the costs for treatment as a private patient. Prior approval will be necessary in these circumstances.
Are you an overseas patient (without Medicare)?
Dr Allan has treated many patients from overseas, some of whom have travelled specifically for the purposes of seeking treatment, and others who have required treatment during their stay in Australia.
In this circumstance, the relevant hospital will produce a written quotation of their overall fees, and these will need to be met as well as Dr Allan's fees.
Are you a Public patient?
If you elect to be treated as a public patient, the hospital will cover your costs and you will be placed on the public hospital waiting list for treatment.
When will I receive an account for the surgery (or procedure) that Dr Allan has performed?
An account will be sent at the time of your discharge from hospital.
In the majority of cases the final amount payable for treatment will be the same as the written quotation.
Detailed instructions will be included as to the best way to settle your account and also how to claim from Medicare and your private insurer (where relevant).
We respectfully request that your account is settled in a timely fashion and that any out of pocket expense (or "gap" payment) is settled at the time of your follow-up appointment. This is usually six weeks after discharge.
If the 'Gapcover' option is being used, Dr Allan's office will directly bill your insurer. This would also apply to Workcover and Third Party patients.