Informed Financial Consent

Dr Costa Karihaloo participates in the no-gap arrangement or gap-cover scheme with most major health funds, which means that you will be charged the amount that your fund rebates for the procedure/s.  The account for your inpatient procedure will be sent directly to the participating fund.  This does not include bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

Bariatric operations (for weight loss) are not covered by the no-gap arrangement – please review the following quotation documents:

All bariatric procedures (initial or subsequent) are subject to fund checks by you, the patient.  Re-do/subsequent bariatric procedures may not be covered by no-gap scheme – please speak to the administration staff. If, at the time of your bariatric surgery, you require another procedure to be performed synchronously this will incur an extra charge.

This advice does not relate to services provided by other doctors, including assistant surgeons, anaesthetists, radiologists, physicians, or pathologists, nor any other costs associated with your stay, e.g. accommodation, theatre fee, pharmacy or physiotherapy.  It relates to doctor’s fee only for inpatient services. Most patients will have some out of pocket expenses for appointments but these will be detailed at the time the appointment is booked.

With regards to the anaesthetist’s fee, once the date for your operation has been allocated administration staff will be able to provide you with their contact details. You will then be able to contact them directly regarding fee structures.

Please refer to your health fund for additional information not provided above.

Dr Karihaloo has no financial interest, other than the fee for service, in any products or hospital services.