Plastic Surgery Prices for Dr Patrick Briggs
How Much Does Plastic Surgery Cost in Melbourne / Australia?
Average prices for cosmetic and plastic surgery cost vary
- Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomical considerations and varying surgery needs.
- A customised estimate and price range for your plastic surgery procedure is available through a confidential consultation
- There is no pressure from Dr Briggs to proceed to surgery, it is simply to get you started on your journey and provide you with further information and a cost for the procedure
Cosmetic Surgery Pricing
Plastic & Cosmetic surgery can be an expensive procedure, due to the multi-faceted cost structure that is normally involved.
It is usual in Cosmetic Surgery throughout the world for all fees implants, surgical, anaesthetic and hospital, to be paid in advance of your surgery.
Surgery Cost Breakdown
Essentially there are three or four cost aspects to Cosmetic Surgery pricing
1. Surgical Fees
Surgical fees are fixed based on an estimate of the time taken in theatre. Fees will differ from surgeon to surgeon based on experience and skill. Make sure you choose a genuine specialist plastic surgeon and not just a doctor. Briggs and his staff will provide you with an estimation of fees at your consultation.
2. Anaesthetic Costs
The anaesthetist, who administers your general anaesthetic and monitors your wellbeing during the procedure, will also give you an estimation of fees prior to your procedure. All surgery performed by Dr Briggs is done under a general anaesthetic.
3. Hospital Fees
All surgeons and anaesthetists are “independent contractors” who utilise the facilities of private hospitals. Surgeons do not have any financial arrangements with private hospitals and as such are not party to the arrangements that private hospitals make with patients.
Dr Briggs’ practice is therefore unable to negotiate, discuss or agree on any financial arrangements with regards to hospital fees.
4. Extra Costs – Breast Implants or other Specialised Equipment
Breast Implants – Most, if not all, Australian surgeons now use gel-filled implants as opposed to saline (saltwater) implants. Gel implants are more costly, but they have a very, very low rate of wrinkling and rippling (seeing or feeling the prosthesis) and capsular contracture (hardening of the breasts). Improvements in technology have helped improve the clinical results, and there is a variation in cost between the tear drop anatomical and round implants.
Other equipment may be required – Pain block, Fat FIltering device etc – this will be shown on your quote
Informed Financial Consent
You are advised to read the document “Informed Financial Consent” provided by Dr Briggs at your consultation and available on his website. You are also advised to contact Medicare and your Private Health insurer to determine the likelihood of obtaining help with fees.
Paying for your Plastic Surgery
- Payment methods may include bank transfer, credit card or cash and surgery theatre dates must be secured with a deposit payment;
- Full payment will be required at least 2 weeks prior to your surgery theatre date.
- We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express (1.5% surcharge applies), third party financers and direct deposit.
In our clinic we also accept payment from legitimate third party financers such as MacCredit and TLC (Total Lifestyle Credit). We suggest you research these companies by Googling medical loans. You may also wish to speak with your financial institution about a personal loan or a low-interest credit card to help assist funding and make a decision that is in your best interest.
Dr Patrick Briggs is not affiliated nor does he endorse any particular financing company.
Depending our your procedure it may well be that your Private Health Insurer and Medicare will also contribute to the funding of your procedure and our staff will be able to explain this to you either over the phone, via an online enquiry or when you attend your initial consultation.
Does Dr Patrick Briggs ‘Bulk Bill’ Or Offer ‘No Gap’ Surgeries?
Unfortunately Dr Briggs is unable to offer a ‘Bulk Billing’ or ‘No Gap’ service. For a range of procedures there may be a Medicare rebate available to claim once you have had your surgery.
How do I claim Medicare rebates?
If you have had a procedure that attracts a Medicare item number we will issue you with a receipt for the procedure after your surgery. You will then be able to take that receipt to Medicare for assessment and if eligible process the rebate for you.
After Medicare has assessed and processed your claim, you can then take the Statement of Claim and Benefit Payment to your health fund. Generally, health funds will not pay a rebate on items that Medicare have not assigned a benefit on and if the primary purpose of the surgery was cosmetic they will refuse to pay any benefit.
What About My Superannuation, Can I Use That?
We have had patients over the years access their superannuation on compassionate grounds to pay for medical procedures that are recognised by Medicare. Access may be granted to patients who suffer from medical conditions causing ‘acute or chronic pain’ such as breast reduction and abdominoplasty.
It is not available to those patient wishing to fund cosmetic procedures
You can visit the ATO website for more information on whether you may be eligible .
Do You Offer Payment Plans for Surgery?
Yes! Patients can pay for their surgery in planned increments leading up to their surgery. A PRE payment plan
For example if you are booked for our Breast Augmentation Complete package in four to six months we welcome you to make weekly payments. This will give you the peace of mind of knowing that the total will be paid 2 weeks prior to your scheduled surgery date!
If you are interested in a POST payment plan or financed payment plan, we suggest you research by Googling medical finance loans.
When Will I Have To Pay My Surgical Fees?
Fees must be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the scheduled procedure. This can be paid by MasterCard, Visa, American Express (1.5% surcharge applies), third party finance and direct deposit.
The fees for the anaesthetic and hospital service will be collect by the third party providers and do not need to be paid to Dr Briggs. The anaesthetist will call you in the two weeks leading up to your surgery and your chosen hospital will take payment upon admission.
Regrettably, if payment is not received by the due date, the operation will be cancelled.
Finance and Payment Plans for Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery
You can find a range of medical finance providers that offer finance and payment plans for plastic surgery by typing in “Medical Finance Australia” into Google
MAC Credit and Total Lifestyle Credit may help finance your medical and surgery costs.
Want to learn more? Phone us today – we’re here to help.
Accessing Your Superannuation for Plastic Surgery
By applying through a special government process, Superannuation Funds can sometimes be accessed early to pay for life-changing surgery. This is likely to apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess Early Super Fund Access applications for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your Super Fund. Find out more by visiting the ATO website.
How Do I Get Started On My Surgical Journey?
If you have any further questions about fees, surgery or booking an appointment to see Dr Patrick Briggs to discuss your options please feel free to contact us at any time. We can be contacted by calling us on 1300 264 811, sending an email through our website contact form.