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MEET 

DR PRADEEP

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ABOUT

Dr Pradeep Subramanian is a Specialist General and Laparoscopic Surgeon who maintains a broad range of current surgical skills and practices. He has a special interest in the holistic/comprehensive management of hernias in particular, complex abdominal mesh hernias. He has over 18 years of surgical experience in general surgical elective and emergency surgery. He is also GESA credentialed to perform Upper GI Endoscopy and colonoscopy.

He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine in 2001 from India and trained in General Surgery in India and Australia between 2002 and 2016. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of surgeons in General Surgery after completing his training in Perth Western Australia in 2017. In February 2017 he joined the Toowoomba Base Hospital with a full time appointment as Staff Specialist General Surgeon. 

 

He is credentialed at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital, Toowoomba Surgicentre and Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital, Kingaroy.

OUR VISION

To provide excellence in general surgery and care, saving and improving the lives of our patients by providing the most advanced techniques available and developing services to best meet the needs of our community and service providers.

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Services

SERVICES

  • All General surgery

  • Complex abdominal hernia repair, laparoscopic and open

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder)

  • Laparoscopic appendicectomy

  • Bowel cancer surgery

  • Skin cancer removal

  • Colonoscopy

  • Gastroscopy

FEES

Specialist consulting fees in rooms (out of hospital) are charged at a fair and reasonable rate and are inline with market rates and are well below the AMA recommended fees. The initial consultation fee is $130. Medicare will cover a large portion of this fee when there is a valid referral from a general practitioner or specialist. We participate in Medicare online billing. If your bank account details are registered with Medicare we are able to submit your claim electronically. The Medicare benefit will be refunded to your bank account within 48 hours. Department of Veterans Affairs patients are bulk billed. Payment is required on the day of consultation.​

Fees for all surgery, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, other endoscopy procedures and Hospital Based Care (in hospital)

 

NO GAP for all patients who have Private Health Insurance

 

Dr Pradeep does not charge gap payments for privately insured or DVA patients. We participate in direct billing arrangements with all health funds. This means that patients will not receive accounts from us for hospital based services such as operations, gastroscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic procedures and in-hospital consultations. There may be some out of pocket costs associated with pathology, assistant fees and anaesthetic services. In addition, private health funds may require patients to pay an excess to the hospital depending on their level of cover. Private health funds can provide more information on excess fees for hospital admissions.

UNINSURED PATIENTS (in hospital services)

 

Uninsured patients undergoing procedures will have an out of pocket expense and patients will be required to pay:

  1. Surgeon Fee

  2. Hospital facility fee (plus any prosthetists) Please be aware, the out-of-pocket expense for the hospital facility fee cannot be claimed from Medicare.

  3. Anaesthetic fee

  4. Assistant fee

  5. Pathology charges

Please contact our rooms for further information regarding fees.

PATIENTS

A referral from your GP/Specialist is essential for your first visit. All relevant blood test results and x-ray reports are needed, and these are often included in the referral from your GP. Having an up to date list of current medications (especially blood thinners such as Aspirin or Warfarin) is extremely helpful as well as a recollection of past surgeries.

 

Your first consultation is often a longer meeting and can take up to half an hour on most occasions. At this visit, your background medical issues and any previous operations are discussed. These other issues can have an important influence on your current problem and how it is managed. Obviously, the focus will be on the problem you have been referred for, but your background health issues are sometimes very important.

 

A physical examination will also be performed at this visit with a focus on the relevant problem area and any other body system that could influence the treatment of your current problem.

 

Once your assessment is complete, you will then be advised of the next step in your treatment. Sometimes further tests such as blood tests, x-rays or scans are required. In other cases, you will be recommended an operation/procedure and, on some occasions, other treatment such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medication may be a better option than surgery depending on circumstances.

 

If an operation/procedure is recommended, a good proportion of this visit goes into a discussion about the surgery itself, what are the benefits and what are the risks. At this time, it is also explained what to expect before and after the surgery.

Checklist:

  • Referral from GP

  • List of current medications

  • All relevant X-rays reports

  • All blood test results

  • Medicare card

  • Private health details (if applicable)

Patients

First Consultation

CONTACT

Stay in touch

Downs Specialist Centre
Tel:  (07) 4580 0775
Fax: (07) 4580 0776
E: ss@dsctoowoomba.com.au
146 MacKenzie Street
East Toowoomba  4350

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