Fees and Payment

Private Health Insurance

If you have insurance, we suggest you get in touch with your insurance company to see what they will and will not rebate you for. The MBS item number(s) for surgery is always given to you prior to surgery to check whether you are covered for surgery by your health insurer.

Unfortunately, some patients will discover that they are not covered for certain procedures which is most distressing for them even though they may have had insurance for many years. If you are taking out health insurance, get a policy that covers you for procedures you are likely to need or require.No Private Health Insurance

If you do not have insurance, one of our administration staff will provide an estimate for you so that you can assess what costs will be incurred.

There is absolutely no obligation to proceed with surgery if you cannot pay for the quote provided. Nigel does not want you or your family to be financially disadvantaged. Please note that if you do not have insurance, you must pay prior to the surgery being undertaken.

Out-of-pocket expenses (gap cover)

Nigel does charge an out-of-pocket fee for surgery. If surgery is required, the fee will be discussed with you. You may have to pay fees on top of what Medicare or Private Health Insurance will rebate you for. You may also incur service fees over which Nigel has no control, such as radiology, blood tests, assistant fees, anaesthetist fees, and hospital fees.


Our consultation fees and our surgical procedure fees attract a Medicare Rebate. We can process the Medicare rebates for consultation fees automatically.

Consultation fees

Dr Nigel Hartnett’s consultation fees are listed below.

Note: All consultation fees are payable on the day.

Description - MBS Item No. Fee Medicare Rebate Out-of-pocket
Initial Consultation
$220.00 $78.05 $141.95
Initial Consultation
(Aged Pensioner or under-16-year-old Discount)
$150.00 $78.05 $71.95
Follow-up consultation
$110.00 $39.25 $70.75

Surgical procedure fees

Our fees have been developed in accordance with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) as set out by the Australian Health Service Alliance (AHSA) and Medicare.

Surgical procedure fees should be discussed with one of our administration staff, who will provide an estimate for you so that you can assess what costs will be incurred.

Whilst we endeavour to provide the most accurate estimate possible before surgery, it is possible that the doctor may need to perform additional or different surgery (with different MBS item numbers and costs), therefore the cost to you may change.

If you undergo surgery, there will be no out-of-pocket fees charged for the first 6 weeks following surgery.

Note: All payments are required at least 7 days prior to your procedure.

Payment Methods

We accept the following Payment Methods:

  • Cash.
  • Cheque.
  • Credit Card – including VISA, MasterCard.
    Credit Card attracts a 1% surcharge.
  • Electronic funds transfer at point of sale (EFTPOS).
  • Direct deposit via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) via:
    Nigel Hartnett Knee Surgeon
    Commonwealth Bank of Australia
    BSB: 063236
    Account No: 10302264