Fees and Charges

Fees and Charges

Thank you for choosing Bunbury Day Hospital for your healthcare needs. As a private day hospital committed to providing exceptional quality outcomes, we want our patients to be well informed about the associated costs of their medical procedure. Here we explain important information about the fees and charges you may incur and the payment methods available.

Estimate of Expenses

At the time of admission, you will be asked to review and sign a financial consent form which is an estimate of expenses associated with your procedure. It is important to understand this is an estimate and sometimes additional costs can occur due to:

  • Changes made by your Doctor
  • Variations to your initial procedure
  • Prolonged surgical time

Any balance outstanding is payable prior to, or on discharge from the hospital. For some surgeries, a pre- authorisation of your credit card is required.

Additional Charges

Your estimate of expenses does not include:

  • Anaesthetist or Surgical Assistant fees
  • Pathology, Pharmacy, Imaging or X-Rays
  • Prosthesis costs (eg. implants, pins, screw, polyp clips etc.) if your Doctor selects a prosthesis that attracts a gap payment

We recommend contacting these providers and your Doctor for an estimate of costs as these fees are billed separately to the hospital.

Privately Insured Patients

Bunbury Day Hospital will complete an eligibility check with your health fund two working days prior to your surgery. Please ensure you understand the type and level of health cover you have and contact your health fund to confirm you are covered for the booked procedure as sometimes waiting periods or pre-existing health conditions can impact a patient’s coverage.

  • If there is a gap, co-payment or excess payable we will contact you to advise the outstanding amount and this will be payable on the day of your procedure.
  • The amount payable is what you have agreed to with your health fund; we have no control over this cost and whether it will arise.

If Bunbury Day Hospital has an agreement with your health fund, the balance of the account is sent directly to your health fund on your behalf.

Please note: Other accounts such as your treating doctor, anaesthetist and pathology will be billed separately to your hospital cost.

Private Insurance FAQ’S

The excess on your insurance policy will have been set by you when you joined your fund. The excess you've nominated is a one-off payment you make if you need to go to hospital, and is payable before your admission. Not all insurance policies have excesses. However, most people select an excess to help offset the cost of their insurance premium. Bunbury Day Hospital will confirm your excess payable 48 business hours before your procedure. Please contact your insurer for further information.

Some private health insurers charge a co-payment, which is a set amount payable for each day you are in hospital. Co-payments usually apply every time you are admitted to hospital. However, this is dependent on your insurer and level of cover. Please get in touch with your health fund directly for more information.

An Out of Pocket Expense is the sum of money left over after your health fund has covered a portion of your bill. Talk to your health fund provider to see if they offer policies that reduce or cover your gap payment.

Uninsured Patients

Patients without private health insurance are welcome at Bunbury Day Hospital. You will be provided with a fee estimate prior to surgery. To proceed with your operation, all fees must be paid on the day of your admission.

Payment Methods

Our preferred method of payment is EFTPOS or credit card, however we also accept cash and cheques. If you are transferring the funds electronically (EFT), ensure you allow sufficient time for the funds to clear at least 48 hours before your procedure.

Please note: We do not accept Amex or Diners.

DVA Gold or White Card, Australian Defence Fund (ADF)

Bunbury Day Hospital is able to provide day procedure services to entitled persons without the need for your Doctor to obtain prior financial authorisation. All accounts are sent directly to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Workcover Patients

Please contact your Doctor or our hospital to confirm your work cover claim has been approved before your admission.

Health Funds with Hospital Provider Agreements with Bunbury Day Hospital include:

Referral Forms

Patients registered with Medicare must have a referral from their GP or specialist, and this referral allows Medicare to pay for its share of the procedure fee. Please provide this referral to your specialist or the hospital before your admission.

A referral is not mandatory for patients without Medicare entitlements, though it is advised to see a General Practitioner as their medical advice and referral will indicate:

  • The procedure you require
  • Give reasons for the procedure.