Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect when I attend my consultation?

You can expect compassionate and thorough care. Most office investigations will be conducted on the same day of your consultation. All of our Cardiologists have public and private hospital affiliations to allow prompt and comprehensive evidence-based management. They are also conscious of providing their services at a considerate fee.

What should I bring with me when I come for a scheduled office appointment?

  • A referral from your GP or Specialist
  • Your Medicare and Health Fund details
  • Copies of any relevant investigations you have had done recently, e.g. X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans
  • Copies of any recent blood tests you have had performed
  • A list of all medications that you are currently taking
  • A list of any known drug allergies and the symptoms you may have from taking these medicines
  • If you have had surgery elsewhere, please bring a copy of your operation report
  • Have you recently been in hospital?  Please bring with you a copy of your discharge summary.

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.   Ordinarily we will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.  Cardiology Associates participates in My Health Record.  Please see our privacy policy below. 

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

Most medical specialists will accept only referred patients. This is partly to try to ensure that the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for you. Your referral will contain important information regarding your condition, which will help your Cardiologist in determining the best course of treatment for you.  In addition, your referral will allow you to claim a Medicare rebate on any out-of-pocket expenses you may incur.  

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.

How much will it cost?

Cardiology Associates offer a sympathetic fee structure and further details can be obtained by calling 02 9525 9266. The cost of your consultation +/- any investigations you undertake is dependent upon your treating Cardiologist.  Your maximum out-of-pocket expense is not anticipated to exceed $200. Any rebates available for any payments made by you on the day of your visit can be immediately claimed through Medicare, with the expectation that you will receive your rebate within 24hrs.