What should I bring with me when I come for a scheduled office appointment?
Apart from medicare and your insurance information
- Driver's license or valid state ID
- Insurance information
- Have your Private Hospital Insurance information with you
- Copies of results, X-rays, MRI's, CT scans etc and any other relevant information
- Medication list (if any)
Are my medical records kept private and confidential?
Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff are bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No we are willing to see you without a formal referral. However, checking with your primary care physician may ensure the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for you and your condition.
How can my family doctor help me to obtain specialist medical care?
Before seeing any medical specialist, it is always preferable to talk to your own family doctor, who can discuss your condition with you and advise on whether any specialist care is appropriate. If it is, he or she can help you to choose the specialist best suited to your needs. Your family doctor can help the specialist to care for you better by providing relevant information about your health. Communicating with the specialist will also enable your family doctor to care for you better during and after your specialist treatment.
What should I expect during first visit?
During your initial visit, the doctor will explain the specific test or procedure you want, help you visualize the results and go over the risks. He/She will do a physcical examination and ask you questions. He/She will decide what your diagnosis is and discuss appropriate treatment.