Fees

Dr Collins fees are at market rates. Medicare rebates are available with a valid referral, and will cover a large portion of the fees.

The practice participates in medicare online billing. If you have your bank account details registered with Medicare, then your claim can be submitted electronically for you at the time of your visit.

Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) patients are bulk billed.

A pensioner/concession discount is available.

Fees for bone marrow biopsy and chemotherapy treatments

Dr Collins does not charge a gap for chemotherapy treatments or bone marrow biopsies for privately insured patients. Patients receiving chemotherapy are classed as admitted day patients. Patients need to check with their insurer if they are covered as an admitted patient for chemotherapy items (item numbers below).

Chemotherapy/haematology item numbers
  • Chemotherapy administration - 13915, 13918, 13921, 13924
  • Line related item numbers - 13945, 14221
  • Blood transfusion - 13706
  • Venesection - 13757
  • Lumbar puncture (for chemotherapy) - 18232
  • Bone marrow aspirate + biopsy - 30084 + 30087
Uninsured bone marrow biopsy patients

Patients without health insurance will have their bone marrow biopsy procedure bulk billed (i.e no gap). Uninsured patients who wish to have their bone marrow as an admitted day patient (under procedural sedation) will incur a fee from the hospital and the anaesthetist.

Uninsured patients can have their bone marrow biopsy performed by Dr Collins in the procedure room at Sullivan Nicoladies Pathology (St Andrew's Hospital, Toowoomba) without any admission fee. Procedural sedation is not available at Sullivan Nicolaides. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic. Additionally, patients may elect to obtain a Penthrox inhaler (also known as the 'Green Whistle') from their pharmacy. The pharmacy charge is approximately $60 for the Penthrox inhaler. Many patients find Penthrox to be quite an effective form of pain relief during the bone marrow procedure.