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Find a surgeon

The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.

 

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Medicare Benefits Schedule overview

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) is a listing of all the Medicare services subsidised by the Australian Government. Each service has its own unique item number that determines the fee for that service and the Medicare rebate a patient will receive.

The image outlines the item details, the scheduled fee and the reimbursed rebate or payment the patient receives.

 Medicare benefits explained

A medical practitioner can choose to set a higher fee for their services than the fee listed in the MBS. However, the Medicare benefit for the service will be based on the MBS fee.

Medicare benefits are not payable for a service not listed in the MBS.

The Medicare Benefits Schedule allows health care practitioners to search for any procedure that is subsidised by Medicare and is updated as changes occur to the schedule.  The website also provides access to statistics relating to the MBS items.

Medicare - billing and payment

There are a number of options for claiming Medicare benefits and payments, depending on the billing method used, the two main options for Medicare services are:

  1. Bulk Billing - accepting the Medicare benefit as full payment for the services provided. Human Services pays the benefit directly to you or your practice.
  2. Issuing a private account - you can choose to set your own level of fees for service. If you choose to charge above the Medicare benefit, your patient will incur out-of-pocket expenses.

You are required to keep adequate and up to date records for Medicare purposes. It is your responsibility to ensure that the information on bulk bill claims and private accounts is correct.

For information see the Australian government Medicare Benefits Schedule website.

Accident Compensation Corporation Cover Overview

ACC cover for personal injuries caused by accident is available to everyone in New Zealand. Cover includes medical and surgical treatment, rehabilitaton and compensation.