Australian residents who decide to be a public patient are entitled to free treatment under Medicare. Your treatment will be carried out by an appropriate specialist which will be arranged prior to your admission. After discharge, your care will either be continued in an outpatient setting or you will be referred to your local general practitioner.
In the public hospital, the surgery is sometimes performed by a registrar (specialist in training) but the registrar is supervised by a senior surgeon who is responsible for your care.
There are no fees for surgery in the public hospital, however, there is a waiting list. Your position on the waiting list will be based on the severity of your condition. Your follow up visits after surgery can be arranged through the hospital or your Dr Gandy's rooms.
I admit patients to the Prince of Wales Public Hospital, where I have regular operating lists. The care in the public hospital is excellent and free of charge to you. Public hospital waiting lists are administered by the public hospital and the length of wait may vary according to the severity of your condition and the time of year.