Q. How much does it cost to see a cardiologist in the rooms for a consultation, short revisit or in-rooms procedure?
A. The fee for consultations varies depending on what you are going to have done. If you have your referral letter from your GP, the staff will ask what has been requested. They will tell you the cost of the consultation and any procedures cost. They can also discuss payment methods. Remember, you should discuss your needs as a pensioner, health care cardholder or low-income earner with your GP when you get you referral.
Your private health fund does not cover the cost of the consultation and the investigations performed outside the hospital.
Your Medicare covers approximately 85% of the consultation fee and the cost of the investigations.
Only hospital stays and the tests performed, as an inpatient will be covered by the health fund.
Q. How much will a hospital procedure cost?
A. Every procedure has a different cost associated with it. You should check with your health fund to see what costs may be associated with your specific cover.
Q. Will Medicare or my health-fund cover everything?
A. Your health fund will cover the costs of your private hospital unless they have exclusions or gap payments. You should always ring your health fund to ensure you are covered. You are required to pay the full fee and then Medicare will provide you with a rebate. Credit cards are accepted.
Q. How do I pay?
A. The rooms accept cash, EFTPOS payment, and cheque. You will be asked to pay on the day of consultation.
Q. Where does Dr Sinnya treat in-patients?
A. Dr Sinnya has inpatients at the Buderim Hospital.
Q. What do I do if I think I am having a heart attack?
A. You should call an ambulance on 000 immediately.
If you are admitted to a hospital, please advise them that you are Dr Sinnya's patient. Ask the hospital to contact Dr Sinnya so that relevant information about your care can be provided.
Q. Will I have all tests done on one day?
A. Many people find it is easier to complete tests conducted in the rooms on one day, however, choices are often determined by availability and the rules of Medicare. A Stress Echocardiogram and Echocardiogram cannot be performed on the same day due to Medicare's rules.
Q. How soon after heart treatment can I resume normal sexual activity?
A. It depends on the procedure. If you are told that you should limit exercise after a procedure, such as with a pacemaker or bypass surgery, then you should wait until this recommended time has lapsed, otherwise let your body be your judge.
Q. Can I receive a copy of my results?
A. Yes, if requested.
Q. Do I have to return to the rooms to see Dr Sinnya to get results back?
A. Yes, if it a part of the treatment. Dr Sinnya's policy is to discuss your continuing care in person and answer any questions that you may have at this ‘short revisit’. It also gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have.
Q. What are these new CARDIAC CT scans I keep hearing about in the media? What benefits or pitfalls are there?
A. There is a Cardiac CT Scanner on the Sunshine Coast. The CT scan requires an injection and most patients find it painless. It does not require sedation.
These scans offer patients another step in diagnosis. They are particularly useful for patients who are found to have healthy coronary arteries, because these patients do not then have to go through angiography. (Unless they develop heart disease at a later date)
If the scan comes back positive for coronary heart disease, however, an angiogram will still need to be performed on the patient in order to progress to procedures such as angioplasty and stenting.
Our professional and friendly staff are at your service. We are pleased to receive enquiries and requests through our main practice number.
Phone: (07) 5478 4829
Fax: (07) 5478 3629