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3 years 11 months ago #20423 by AR_96
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hey there :)
I've got a few pain conditions (cprs, spinal injury etc) and was wondering if anyone knew the costs involved with seeing a private specialist? The Melbourne Pain group look good, but are probably expensive. I have private health but was just wondering if anyone could give me rough costs for consulting with a private pain management specialists? Can be anywhere in Melbourne. Thanks :)

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3 years 11 months ago #20424 by Mary
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Hi AR_96 and welcome.

The only way to find out how much it would cost to see a private pain specialist would be to ring the practice and ask. Medicare will cover a part of the cost, but there will be a gap. Your private health cover will not be of any benefit to you unless you are admitted to hospital.

I think that the important thing to remember is that the current evidence is that the best results are obtained when you have what we call "Multidisciplinary Pain Management". This means you see a Pain Specialist, Psychologist (no is does't mean it is in your head, but they are excellent at helping with management), and a Physiotherapist. These people will ideally have a weekly conference as to how you are coping. This is the ideal way to go.

I am not in Melbourne, but maybe someone who is will be able to direct you further. Let us know how you go!

Mary

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3 years 11 months ago #20430 by stadoobie
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Hi AR_96,

Re costs for Private Pain Sepciaist:

The one and only Pain specialist here in Cainrs was $225 initial visit, and $135 per visits thereafter. (minimal Medicare rebate)

Private Pain Sepcialist, I was seeing at the Epwoth private hospital - Free!... (Maybe I was just Lucky - Full cost back to Medicare)

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3 years 10 months ago #20438 by Mary
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I can see that there is obviously a wide difference in cost. I saw a private pain specialist intermittently for a couple of years and I think that the gap payment was about $20. There is a difference in the gap between Medicare and what you pay that varies substantially between all specialists. I once saw a gastroenterologist who's gaps were huge. I went to another one and he bulk billed anyone with a disability or pension card.

So, it is best just to ring and find out before you go, so that you don't get caught like I did with the gastroenterologist :)

Mary

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3 years 10 months ago #20453 by Cianna
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There are bulk billing clinics but depending where you are living you could be in for a long wait. I got lucky while living in Sydney and got into a public clinic in Calvary Hospital Kogarah only had to wait 3 weeks. I recently moved interstate to rural QLD and here we have no pain clinics. My closest specialist is over 1hr drive away and they charge $255 for the first visit and $145 after that. It was still a 6 month wait to see the private specialist here because there is only one within 3hrs drive of us.

I agree that the best way to find out costs is call around. There was a private specialist attached to my regular medical centre who only charge $75 a visit, most of which you got back from Medicare. Costs can widely vary, I would call around until you find one that is affordable for you and ask too what the wait times are like. Then get your GP to refer you. It is worth having a care plan done to include a Physio as well as pain specialist and pain Psychologist. A Psychologist can help with pain management just as much as medications can, they can advise you with methods for coping with the pain you are in and managing it. A good pain management team can make all the difference.

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3 years 10 months ago #20456 by guzzler
guzzler replied the topic: cost?
Just to let everyone know that cost is one of the problems causing suicide by pain sufferers, anyone who is interested in my story of chronic pain over 15 years , and lack of empathy and protocol following doctors and specialists please contact me, as the straw has broken this camels back years ago.
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