Confirmation, conditions AND COSTS
Once an appointment has been made, the referrer will be emailed a confirmation letter, together with instructions for
the examinee for forwarding on to them.
Any IME appointment is only made on the understanding that the referrer accepts responsibility for making this appoinment, and hence also any non-attendance or late cancellation fee (the latter is issued if cancelled within five business days of the appointment for a long case, and three for a short case).
The non-attendance/late cancellation fee for a long case - to compensate for the requisite lengthy preparation and rooms costs - is $902.00 (inclusive of GST), and the fee for a short case
is as per the WorkCover website
(currently item number 100303 at $357.50).
It's also understood that the referrer will provide a referral letter to us outlining the questions to be addressed, as well as any relevant background documentation. This documentation can be posted or emailed, but with the latter, please keeping any single email to less than 8 meg in size.
The examinee is encouraged to attend alone, but a helper is encouraged if needed for translation, or if the examinee is very impaired and unable to relate their own history. No legal or industrial representatives are permitted in the consultation.
No child care is provided.
The examinee isn't permitted to record the consultation.
Costs for long and short cases
All short cases are billed at the relevant WorkCover specialist item numbers for any significant pre-reading (item numbers 100804 and 100805), the consultation (item number 100300), and the report (item numbers 100211 and 100802). Please see the WorkCover website for these fees - these items are indexed annually by WorkCover.
Long cases are billed at an hourly rate aligned to WorkCover item number 100805, and these long cases typically require from four to eight hours work. If discussed in advance, these fees can be negotiated.
Formal file reviews can be arranged at any time -
no appointment is necessary. Simply send the file and your request letter to Independent Occupational Physicians. This service is also billed at an hourly rate aligned to WorkCover item number 100805. Unless the file is marked urgent, or it's
very complex, then file reviews are usually completed
within a week or two.
If you are an individual patient seeking specialist Occupational Physician assessment, then this will require a letter of referral from your treating General Practitioner, and this appointment will require special timetabling with Dr Goode and Dr McGrath. An initial consultation will cost $350.00, and this payment must be cleared by at least two weeks prior to the appointment. A small Medicare rebate (item number 385) may apply to the consultation. Any additional formal report must also be pre-paid before it's compiled, and these reports typically cost a minimum of $1000.00 (and there's no Medicare rebate for such a report).
Any other special services will also require direct
timetabling with Dr Goode and Dr McGrath.