The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) sets the professional standards for the medical specialty of anaesthesia. On the Patient Information section of ANZCA’s website, you will find useful and easy to understand information on a range of topics relating to anaesthesia, including:
- What is anaesthesia
- What does your anaesthetist do (and how to become one!)
- Types of anaesthesia
- What to expect before, during and after your anaesthetic
- Anaesthetics for specific types of operations
- Risks and complications
- … and a whole range of other useful information.
Click here to access ANZCA’s Patient Information section.
Your anaesthetic will be delivered by one of our ANZCA Fellowship qualified anaesthetists.
A list of our anaesthetists can be found by clicking here.
Anaesthesia is a medical service which attracts a fee. Unlike surgery where usually a fixed fee is payable for a specific operation, anaesthetic fees are calculated based on a combination of the type/complexity and duration of the procedure, the type of anaesthetic, as well as your medical status.
Fee structures vary between anaesthetists, as required by law, but the majority of our anaesthetists will place a cap on the maximum out-of-pocket costs that you may incur. This means that you will have the peace of mind of knowing that should the procedure or anaesthetic turn out to be more complex or take longer than expected, you will not pay any more than you have been quoted. Many of our anaesthetists also offer an on-time payment discount.
Sometimes your health fund will cover 100% of your anaesthetic fees (known as “no gap”), but this may not always be the case. Your health fund can also provide some information about rebates and gaps.
We recommend that you speak with our friendly administrative staff (Mrs Sarina Parkinson or Ms Anne Sunter) on 03-6388 9210 if you have any queries or would like to obtain a fee estimate prior to your procedure.
Choosing the right health fund for you
Every patient’s healthcare needs are different. We strongly encourage that you shop around for a health fund that will cover your needs when you need them most. You can find a comprehensive list of private health funds and compare their policies on the Australian Government Private Health Insurance Ombudsman website: