Q: How much do you charge?
A: All patients are assessed, managed and monitored by a weight loss clinician. There is no sign on fee or lump sum fee. You are welcome to discontinue at any time if you feel the program is not right for you.
Fees a are consultation time based and vary from $80-$130 per month out-of-pocket after medicare rebate (1 -2 appointments per month) depending on the amount of support you need.
The initial appointment is Bulk Billed
Follow up fees range from $50-85 out of pocket after medicare rebate (paid to your account by Medicare)
Standard appointment – $50 Out of pocketExtended Appointment – $85 Out of pocket
Medicare rebates apply for all face-to-face consults for patients with medicare cards.
The first introduction appointment is Bulk Billed so you can find out about our program.
The full fee needs to be paid on the day, The medicare rebate can be claimed and Medicare will usually deposit the funds into your account within 2-3 days.
TELE-MEDICINE CONSULTS (Phone and Video)
This is a consultation with an Elina Doctor however, you actually stay at home and we manage your weight by use of a video-call. Our system is simple, secure and easy to access.
Patients who qualify will be able to claim a medicare rebate for teleconsults under the following conditions –
They live in an area affected by Covid-19 restrictions (Currently all of Victoria as of 27.9.20)
If they have seen a doctor Face to face at our clinic in the last 12 months
OUR TELEHEALTH FEES:
Standard Consult (10-15mins) – $68.75 , $30 Out of pocket after your medicare rebate of $38.75
Extended Consult (20-30mins) – $105.05 , $30 Out of pocket after your medicare rebate of $75.05
No rebate for Teleconsults available for interstate patients (unless you have seen the doctor once face to face in Victoria)
Interstate Fees with no rebate – $50 standard, and $85 Extended (No medicare rebate and this is the full out of pocket cost)
Q: Can you help if I live remotely or interstate?
A: We are happy to look after patients from all around Australia through via phone or video based consultations. These are actually very popular. Our whole program can be delivered via video and phone consultations with email and online support. Prescriptions can be faxed to to your local chemist when medications are indicated.
Q: Can I claim through Medicare?
A: Our experienced doctors are registered for Medicare and a rebate is claimable for the consultations. This can be directly claimed at the clinic and can be paid back to your account on the day. We use Tyro automated Medicare claims for your convenience. ) – Prepayment by phone is required if you don’t qualify for a medicare rebate.
Q: Do you look after children, pregnant women or the older adult?
A: We do not look after children. We can help all overweight patients from the age of 18 and above. Our programs are not suitable for pregnant women but can assist you if you have weight related fertility issues or have PCOD.
Q: Do I need a referral from my GP.
A: No, but we will, with your consent, write to your GP explaining the program and provide ongoing updates as to your progress.
Although all our doctors are also experienced GP’s of many years, they will refer you back to your GP for any unrelated medical issues as continuity of care is an important part of your health care and your GP will remain your primary doctor.
Q: Can you advise me about Bariatric Surgery?
A: Yes, we can provide independent information about the surgical options, as well as referral and follow up care.
Q: What does your program involve?
A: We use protocols developed at Austin Hospital Research Centre – Victoria. Our programs are evidence based with your safety of the highest priority.
Q: Do you prescribe weight loss medications?
A: Medications are a useful tool for weight management in conjunction with a diet and behavioural program. We will discuss the use of medications, any safety concerns and costs in great detail. We prescribe medications when our rapid weight loss program triggers hunger or cravings and further support is needed during our rapid weight loss phase. Patients will need to be monitored more closely when taking medications.
Q: What is the Evidence for your program?
A: See Here
Q: How long does your program last?
A: It depends on your weight targets. We generally see weight loss rates of around 4-5kg per month in our medically supervised weight loss programs.
Q: Do You Provide Recipes and Meal Plans?
A: We provide plenty of meal ideas, snack options and recipes. See here for a small sample.