• Patients Information

    First Appointment

    The first appointment is usually a long consultation.

    After asking few questions, Ms Di Bella will examine you and review your X-Rays.

     

    If you come for a tumour consult, you should bring with you all the X-rays and other imaging you have. Ms Di Bella typically will request other special scans that are necessary to obtain a clear diagnosis, together with a biopsy, which is usually performed under CT guidance. All the scans and procedures will usually take less than a week, after which Ms Di Bella will see you again to discuss the diagnosis and the treatment options.

     

    Ms Di Bella strongly believes in clear communication and will make sure that all the information she has given you during the consult have been understood and discussed in detail. 

    Pre-operative Information

    If you require surgery, Ms Di Bella will explain the procedure and what the expected outcomes are.

    Sometimes there is the need for a medical physician to review your general health status before proceeding with surgery; in this case Ms Di Bella will refer you to a specialist who will also see you during your in-patient stay and will follow you up afterwards.

    Before surgery:

    • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight of the day before surgery
    • Avoid shaving or scratching in proximity of the surgical area
    • Do not smoke or drink alcohol for 24 hrs before surgery
    • Remove make up, finger nail polish, ear rings and piercings

    Please ask Ms Di Bella which medications you can take and which ones you will have to withhold. 

    Fees

    It is important to understand the medical and surgical fees you will incur. 

     

    Australian residents are universally covered by Medicare, which covers part of the doctor's costs. If you have private health insurance, this will mainly cover the hospital costs and only minimally contribute to the doctor's costs.

    Each procedure has a special code number (MBS code) which is associated to a specific rebate to the surgeon. This is covered by Medicare, but is very different from the recommended Australian Medical Association (AMA) fee. The reason for this is that the Medicare rebate hasn't changed much since many decades, while the costs for quality surgery and insurances have increased remarkably. The difference between AMA rates and Medicare rebate is called "GAP", which represents the out of pocket expense you might incur.

     

    Before any surgical procedure, Ms Di Bella's practice manager will explain the costs of your procedure, and clarify what your out of pocket expense will be.