I’ve just gone through surgery in Australia August 2019. Left partial pharyngectomy (robotic surgery), left 5 level neck dissection and single stage muscle flap reconstruction
All ultra sounds, biopsy, CT & PET scans were free through the AU government Medicare scheme.
I have private health that covers inpatient costs.
Out of pocket surgeon costs - $500, and the facility fee for the TORS robotic machine was out of pocket - $2,200.
The inpatient and surgery facility fee costs were covered by my private health and government Medicare - $15,000.
Outpatient Specialist fees were out of pocket $50-$100 each visit
Total out of pocket I had to pay was - $3,000
Radiation therapy is free in the public hospital, which is excellent. Private will cost me $5,000 -10,000 for 5 weeks therapy treatment.
I am fighting the government and private health over the TORS machine facility fee charge as woman/men can use the 1 public hospital machine in Perth for urology surgery but not for throat surgery.