Fees & Charges

We provide upfront information on all out-of-pocket expenses

What to expect

Consultation fees

The oncologists at Oncology North Coast have set their own private fees to cover all their practice costs including meeting operational expenses such as rent, computers, insurance, hospital charges, and admin costs. Medicare rebates do not cover the cost of providing you with a safe and high quality service.

You will be informed of the cost of your consultation at the time of your appointment confirmation. We accept cash, cheque, Eftpos and credit card. We have Medicare Easy Claim and on-line Medicare claiming, and can deposit your Medicare rebate back onto your debit card immediately.

Medicare requires a current referral from your general practitioner or referring specialist to claim the rebate.

The oncologists do not routinely bulk bill.

If you feel that your financial circumstances are such that you cannot afford the required treatment, please discuss this with your oncologist. At your first appointment your oncologist will give you further information on the costs associated with the treatment you are to receive.

Oncology treatment charges

Chemotherapy Costs

Your treating oncologist does not charge out-of-pocket costs for supervising your chemotherapy. The fee for this service is covered by Medicare at the North Coast Cancer Institute, Grafton Base Hospital and Ballina District Hospital. You will be asked to sign an informed financial consent to ensure your understanding about the Medicare fees your oncologist will receive for supervising your treatment.

If you have treatment at St Vincent’s Day Oncology Unit all supervising chemotherapy fees are covered under your health fund. Your PBS script costs for chemotherapy drugs and premedications are all covered by your health fund. On discharge however you will need to pay PBS script fees for take home medications. DVA patients are covered fully for all prescription costs.

If you have treatment in the cancer clinics at the public hospitals you will have PBS script fees for all chemotherapy and take home medications. The pharmacy will keep a computer record for you and will notify you once you have reached the Safety Net threshold and issue you a PBS Safety Net card (see Pharmacy costs). This card will bring the cost of PBS scripts down to concession rates or free for the rest of the year. Please note, if you use different pharmacies you will need to add up these receipts yourself and watch the total.

Click for further information regarding the Medicare Safety Net or Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme


Clinical Trials Costs

No out-of-pocket costs are incurred for delivery of your treatment or care when you participate in a clinical trial.  You will be given Medicare bulk billing assignment forms for your oncologist’s services for your records.

Pharmacy Costs

HPS provides all chemotherapy/immunotherapy and supportive medicines to Lismore Base Hospital, Ballina District Hospital and Grafton Base Hospital. The pharmacy can be contacted on 02 6629 4511.

Epic Pharmacy is the pharmacy which provides chemotherapy/immunotherapy and supportive medicines to St Vincents Hospital.  It provides specialised hospital, aged care and oncology pharmacy services. The local Epic oncology pharmacy is located at St Vincent’s Hospital and can be contacted on (02)6624 0688 for any enquiries about pharmacy accounts.

All chemotherapy drugs are subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).  You will have out-of-pocket costs for PBS scripts for chemotherapy drugs and supportive medicines.  These costs will be the same as for any doctor’s PBS prescription.

Hospital Costs

If you need to be admitted to hospital and you are a public patient your oncologist can oversee your care at Lismore Base Hospital.  You may also be treated by doctors nominated by the hospital, and you will not be charged for most treatment and care.

If you need to be admitted to hospital and you are a private patient your oncologist can oversee your care at St Vincent’s Hospital or Lismore Base Hospital (if you nominate to be a private patient). The oncologists participate in the health funds No Gap Scheme and there are no out-of-pocket costs for your care whilst you are an inpatient.  If you elect to have your treatment at St Vincent’s Day Oncology Unit you will be asked to complete a health fund form and this form will cover your day stay admission fee.  It is advised that you check with your health fund about your excess which is usually a one-off fee charged once a year.

Other Costs

Other costs with your treatment may include:

  • blood tests and radiology scans
  • surgical or radiotherapy appointments
  • travel and accommodation
  • services by other doctors