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What is neurosurgery?
Neurosurgery is the surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of disorders which affect the nervous system and its supporting structures such as the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, the spinal column and the neurovascular system.
Do I need a referral?
Yes, your general practitioner (GP) or another specialist needs to refer you. Under the Health Insurance Act 1973 you are not eligible for a MediCare rebate if a valid referral has not been made. A GP referral is valid for a year, from another specialist for 3 months.
GP’s are encouarged to use a secure system called Medical Objects to make a secure, realtime electronic referral
Dr Schwindack reviews all referrals. After triage, we will contact you to discuss your appointment and a suitable time with you.
What should I bring?
Please bring a list of all current medications, alternative remedies, reports for previous scans and other relevant medical reports.
Dr Schwindack has online access to most of the radiology providers on the GoldCoast and Northern Rivers.
What happens at the initial consultation?
You will receive a friendly welcome by the reception staff.
I will obtain a thorough history, take a careful examination and review or book necessary special investigations
We will then discuss your problem, its treatment options and agree on a treatment plan
This initial consultation usually takes approximately 30 minutes.
Within 2-3 working days a letter will be sent to your GP explaining our consultation
What fees are involved and when do I pay?
My rooms will contact you and discuss all fees before your consultation
Fees are payable by EFTPOS after your consultation
You will need to claim your MediCare rebate back from MediCare.
Why do I need to pay extra?
I aim to deliver the best care possible and hold myself to the highest standard. Unfortunately, the Medicare rebate does not reflect this, creating the so called “gap”
Courtesy of the AMA.
What happens if I need surgery?
Don’t worry – we will help and explain
We will enquire with your health fund about their contribution
We will provide you with a written quote for your consideration
You will be assessed at the preadmission clinic at Pindara hospital to make sure all is in order for your surgery.
Please be aware that neurosurgery is complex and that the hospital, the anaesthetists, radiologists, pathologists, allied health care givers and pharmacy will have their own fees.