We encourage all patients to read the important information presented on this page
General Medical Patients
To make the best out of your appointment with one of our dermatologists, we recommend that you arrive at least five minutes prior to your scheduled time allocation.
If a referral has not been sent to us prior to your appointment, please bring this with you on the day of your appointment.
We recommend that you bring a list of your medical history and current medications (please check this with your GP if required). Please also bring your Medicare card and any concession cards you may have.
If you have had any blood tests or skin biopsies at another clinic or by your GP, please ensure that you bring these along as well.
Please also make available any photos you have taken of your skin problem.
During the consultation, you may be required to change into a gown depending on your skin problem. Please remove any make-up prior to your appointment and avoid wearing excessive jewellery.
Please keep in mind that whilst some basic treatments and procedures can be performed on the same day as your consultation, this is not always possible and you may be required to book a subsequent appointment.
Note that your dermatologist will only be able to attend to one problem per consultation session. For example, if you have been referred for a rash, your consultation will be limited to addressing your rash and unfortunately cannot be extended to checking your skin for skin cancers. This ensures that enough time is spent addressing each problem without compromising your care or safety. This also helps our dermatologists remain on-time as much as possible such that other patients are not kept waiting for extended periods.
Please note that Melbourne Skin & Dermatology is a private clinic.
Unfortunately, Medicare rebates have not kept up with the increasing costs of running a private medical practice. This means there is always a gap to pay.
This gap may be significant to you in your financial circumstances, so please read the information below carefully.
Sustaining a modern and progressive specialist medical practice comes with significant costs. We ensure the highest standards in medical equipment, procedures, staffing and training and refrain from making cost-cutting decisions at the expense of patient safety and expertise. To remain viable under such principles, we are unable to bulk-bill or provide a discounted service.
For a standard initial consultation of 15 minutes or less, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $220 out of pocket (with a valid referral to claim a Medicare rebate).
Fees for a subsequent visit vary depending on the complexity of the appointment. This can range anywhere from $20 to $200 out of pocket.
All procedures including skin biopsies carry an additional fee. Some procedures can be undertaken during the initial consultation, whilst others will need to be booked on a separate occasion.
Procedure fees vary, taking into account staffing and equipment requirements as well as technical complexity of the procedure.
Typical in-room consultation-associated procedure fees can range from $100 to $300 out of pocket, in addition to the consultation fee. If you are having multiple procedures (ie multiple biopsies), the out-of-pocket cost may exceed $500.
Patients requiring subsequent surgery or other treatments will be notified of costs at the time of booking.
All fees must be paid on the day of service.
Patients who are booked for excessive underarm sweating treatments (axillary hyperhidrosis) should visit our hyperhidrosis treatments page.
Making an appointment & deposits
Dermatology services are in high demand. It is not uncommon for patients’ to wait several months to see a dermatologist.
Melbourne Skin & Dermatology strives to ensure efficient and timely access to dermatological care. Cancellations and failing to attend appointments remains to be a major factor affecting efficiency of any medical practice. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for patients to book appointments and either cancel their appointment at late notice or fail to attend their appointment altogether. For every time this occurs, one additional patient is unable to seen who has been patiently waiting on our waiting list.
In order to reduce such events, Melbourne Skin & Dermatology requires that patients pay a deposit to confirm an appointment. This deposit is non-refundable and deducted from the patients’ consultation fee at the time of the consultation. We ask that patients’ do not book an appointment unless they are certain that an appointment is required and that they can attend the appointment. Exceptional circumstances are considered.
Skin Care & Cosmetic Patients
Patients seeking consultations and services provided by our cosmetic/laser nurse and dermal therapist for skin care consultations, laser treatments, mild acne, mild rosacea and general skin rejuventation, will not require a referral and can book directly with the practitioner.
The fee for an consultation with our dermal therapist or cosmetic/laser nurse is $100. This fee is deducted in its entirety for any treatments booked at the time of the consultation. A deposit is required to confirm the appointment.
If you would like further information on our fees, please do no hesitate to call us.
Please note that private health insurance does not cover costs of clinic consultations and procedures. This also applies to many overseas held insurance agreements.