Appointments & First Visit

How do I make an appointment?

For new patients, making an appointment involves three easy steps:

Arrange a referral letter from your general practitioner or specialist.

Call +61 2 9553 7511

We will contact you 2-3 days beforehand to confirm your appointment.

Your first visit

When you come for your appointment please remember to obtain and bring the following

  • Referral letter from GP, family physician or another doctor
  • Medicare card, DVA card, pension card
  • Have your Private Hospital Insurance information with you
  • Reports, X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans etc and any other relevant information

Don’t hesitate to write a short summary of your problem and your questions. You will have some time to discuss them with Dr Scholsem.

Workers Comp & Third Party

Prior to your appointment, please obtain written approval from your insurer. On the day of consultation we will need your full name, claim number, insurer and case manager details. However if approval is not received prior to your appointment or if you do not bring this to the consultation, you will be responsible for payment of the account.

Emergency Appointments

If you feel your condition requires a priority or emergency appointment please ask your doctor to contact us directly. If this is not possible, please explain your needs to our staff and we will treat your medical needs with great consideration.

Second Opinion

Dr Scholsem is happy to provide second opinions – Please arrange a referral letter from your general practitioner or specialist and phone (02) 9553 7511 to make an appointment.

 

Fees

Dr Martin Scholsem is a strong advocate for transparency and fairness in medical fees.

The cost of consultation and the gap for any surgery will be advised at the time of your booking.

Surgery fees for privately insured patients in private hospitals

Should you require surgery, you will be advised of the relevant fees in writing, including costs pertaining to anaesthesia.

Surgery fees for patients in public hospitals

Patients admitted to public hospitals are fully covered under Medicare.

More information?

If you have questions, concerns or complaints regarding fees, call 02 9553 7511 and/or email info@drmartinscholsem.com.au

To know more:

Does the surgical fee reflect the quality of the surgery?

According to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the answer is most definitely a no! The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has recently been outspoken on this issue as you can read in this news article

You can also read the College’s position on surgical fees here.

Even worse than surgeons who charge exorbitant surgical fees are those who scare uninsured patients into dipping into their savings in order to pay to have private surgery for conditions like prostate or brain cancer, which are actually treated extremely well in the public hospital system. The current president of the Australian Medical Association has recently made public comments such as in this 2UE interview.