It is our goal to give you the highest possible care and attention for the most reasonable cost possible.  Our fees align with the level of skill, expertise and time required to ensure the very best outcome for you.

Consultation Fee

Your Consultation with Dr Tuffley will be 45 minutes and the associated fee is $160.00.  A Medicare rebate is applicable if you are a holder of a current Medicare Card.

If surgery is recommended, then we will provide you with a Treatment Estimate at your Consultation that lists all applicable Dental and/or Medical Item Codes and associated costs.

Surgery Fees

Surgery can be provided either with local anaesthetic (awake) or with general anaesthetic (asleep).

If you currently have a private health insurance policy with an insurance company, then you may be eligible for rebates for some of the services we, the anaesthetist, the hospital and pathology clinics have provided.  We urge you to call your private health insurance company to clarify with them exactly what rebates you may be eligible for, based on the Item Codes listed on your Treatment Estimate.  To help you navigate which accounts you can claim and from where, we have put together the following guide.

 Dr Tuffley’s FeesAnaesthetist FeesHospital FeesPathology Fees
Hospital Insurance onlyNoYesYesYes, if taken while an inpatient
Extras Insurance onlyYesNoNoNo
Hospital and ExtrasYesYesYesYes, if taken while an inpatient
Medicare RebateYes - for soft tissue only, excluding dental extractions YesNoYes

 

For Local Anaesthetic Procedures:

  1. Dr Tuffley’s Surgical Fee
  2. Facility Fee
  3. Pharmacy Fee (for any scripts) – not always applicable
  4. Pathology Fee (only if Dr Tuffley needs to send a sample to a Pathologist for checking, e.g. QML or S&N) – not always applicable

For General Anaesthetic Procedures:

  1. Dr Tuffley’s Surgical Fee
  2. Hospital or Day Surgery Facility Fee
  3. Anaesthetist’s Fee
  4. Pharmacy Fee (for any scripts)
  5. Pathology Fee (only if Dr Tuffley needs to send a sample to a Pathologist for checking, e.g. QML or S&N) – not always applicable

For Dr Tuffley’s Surgery Fee

We accept all major credit cards (MasterCard & Visa), direct debit transfers, cheques and cash. We do not accept American Express or Diners Club International cards.

Hospital & Anaesthetist’s Fees

Once you have booked your surgery at either a Hospital or Day Stay Facility, we will email you a Pre-Operative Checklist for you to complete.  The Pre-Operative Checklist will have the contact details of both your nominated Hospital and your Anaesthetist.   Please ensure that you contact both the Hospital and Anaesthetist directly to find out their fees, rebates and preferred payment methods. You will need to quote the Dental and/or Medical Item Codes listed on your Treatment Estimate which was provided at your Initial Consultation appointment.

Pathology Fees

Sometimes a sample of tissue requires a more thorough investigation by a Pathologist.  If required, a small sample or biopsy will be sent to a pathology laboratory for closer examination. You will be issued with a separate account from the laboratory for these tests. You should be able to claim a rebate from Medicare for these fees (if you are the holder of a current Medicare Card).

Helpful Links and Resources

For Private Health Insurance information and comparisons 

For Medicare Claiming information and the Medicare App

For Pathology Fee claiming information