Fees and Expenses


Dr Cochrane uses the Australian Medical Association (AMA) recommended fees structure. There will be an out-of-pocket expense (‘Gap’) for consultation and surgery.


The business model needed to run a spinal medical practice is expensive. Modern spine surgery necessitates extensive training and spine surgery includes extra risk and therefore higher insurance costs. This is reflected in the fees charged.


The Government contribution and majority of private health funds have not kept up with cost structures in medical practices. This is another reason why Gaps are charged by Specialists.


Fees for Veteran’s Affairs patients will be charged directly to the Department of Veteran Affairs and no out-of-pocket expense will be incurred.


Consultation fees are to be paid on the day. The Gap fee for surgery is to be paid before the day of surgery. Payments can be made with cash, cheque, credit card, EFTPOS or Direct Debit. (Surgery only)


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