Do I need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment at your clinic?
Dr Bellemore is a specialist paediatric orthopaedic surgeon. Patients need referral from their General Practitioner, paediatrician or other specialist to make an appointment.
Can x-rays be done on the day of the consultation?
X-rays can be done in the X-ray Department of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead with a referral from Dr Bellemore.
X-rays can be done on the same day as your consultation with Dr Bellemore. No appointment is required for X-rays.
What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?
When you come for your appointment, remember to get the following:
- Medicare card.
- Referral letter from your GP or paediatrician.
- Have your insurance information.
- Copies of operation records, medical records,x-rays, MRIs, CT scans.
What about your fees?
Our standard consultation fee charged in this office exceeds Medicare rebates. This means
that the consultation fee will include a gap payment that is not covered by Medicare or
your health fund. Our secretarial staff will inform you of consultation fees at the time you
make your appointment.
Fees are payable on the day of consultation. The Medicare rebate can be refunded to you on the day of the consultation if you show your Medicare card.
What are your acceptable means of payment?
Fees will be reviewed with you at the consultation visit. Cash or credit cards (MasterCard, VISA) are acceptable means of payment. We do not accept American Express cards or personal cheques.
Do I need to have private health insurance?
You do not need to have Private Health Insurance to see Dr Bellemore for a consultation in his private practice. At the present time in Australia Private Health Insurance does not cover any part of consultations fees. If your child needs to have a surgical procedure in hospital and you choose private patient status, then Dr Bellemore will perform the procedure. Fees will apply to private patient care and your Private Health Insurance should cover a substantial portion of the fees.
Private patients requiring surgery may choose to have treatment at Westmead Private Hospital or the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The waiting time for privately insured patients to have treatment is usually less and you may be able to select the date of surgery that will suit your family needs.
What are the Medicare rules about referrals to specialists?
If you want Medicare to pay a portion of the consultation fee to see Dr Bellemore, it is
essential to provide a referral letter from your family doctor or paediatrician. Please note that the backdating of referrals is illegal and can result in heavy fines. If you have any questions
about the Medicare benefits system, please contact Medicare on 13 2011.