The information on the Medical Costs Finder is a guide only and should not be used as a quote or medical diagnosis.

General practice (GP)

Area of medical practice that treats a broad range of health conditions in patients who live in the community

Procedures:

Excision of large squamous or basal cell carcinoma

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous or cancerous lesion, cyst, scar, or ulcer from the skin of the face, scalp, neck, nipple area, lower leg, or forearm. The area may be repaired with either a flap of muscle, skin or muscle and skin from another part of the body directly after. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Excision of medium melanoma on trunk

Surgery to remove a cancerous area of skin between 15 mm and 30 mm in size. The sample is sent for testing to look at the cells. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Excision of small basal cell carcinoma on the face

Surgery to remove a cancerous area of skin less than 14 mm in size from the face. The sample is sent for testing to look at the cells.The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Skin flap repair

Surgery to move a piece of healthy muscle, skin, or both, to repair a nearby area after removal of a skin growth. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Services:

Diagnostic imaging services
MBS item 55054

A type of ultrasound scan performed during surgery (cross sectional echography).

MBS item 55068

An ultrasound scan of the pelvis. The scan was not requested by another medical practitioner.

MBS item 55703

An ultrasound scan of the pelvis or abdomen of a pregnant patient, at less than 12 weeks gestation. The scan was not requested by another medical practitioner.

MBS item 55705

An ultrasound scan of the pelvis or abdomen of a pregnant patient, between 12 and 16 weeks gestation. The scan was not requested by another medical practitioner.

MBS item 55723

An ultrasound scan of the pelvis or abdomen of a pregnant patient after 22 weeks gestation. The scan was not requested by another medical practitioner.

MBS item 55846

An ultrasound scan to look at one or more lumps on or just under the skin. The scan was not requested by another medical practitioner.

MBS item 55865

An ultrasound scan of a shoulder or upper arm, or both. One arm only. Patient has not been referred by a medical practitioner.

MBS item 55881

An ultrasound scan of one knee. The patient was not referred by another medical practitioner.

MBS item 55889

An ultrasound of an ankle or heel, or both. One side only. The patient has not been referred by a medical doctor practitioner.

MBS item 57506

An X ray of the hand, or wrist, or forearm, or elbow, or upper arm (humerus). The X ray was not requested by another medical practitioner.

MBS item 57518

An X ray of the foot, or ankle, or lower leg or thigh bone (femur). The X ray was not requested by another medical practitioner.

MBS item 57700

An X ray of the shoulder or shoulder blade (scapula). The X ray was not requested by another medical practitioner.

MBS item 57706

An X ray of the collar bone (clavicle). The X ray was not requested by another medical practitioner.

MBS item 58500

An X ray of the chest to look at the lungs. The X ray was not requested by another medical practitioner.

Diagnostic procedures and investigations
MBS item 11306

A hearing test (audiometry).

MBS item 11309

The results of a hearing test (audiogram) where sound travels through the ear canal (air conduction).

MBS item 11315

The results of hearing tests (audiogram) where sound travels through the ear canal (air conduction) and as vibrations (bone conduction) and the person's ability to hear different words (speech discrimination) is also tested.

MBS item 11505

A test which helps to diagnose airway and lung conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

MBS item 11506

A test to help diagnose or check airway and lung conditions (spirometry) such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

MBS item 11602

A procedure using specialised ultrasound (CW Doppler or pulsed Doppler) to investigate if blood vessels in the arms and/or legs are working properly.

MBS item 11610

A test which measures the difference in blood pressure between the ankle and arm. This is to measure the severity of artery disease in the leg.

MBS item 11611

A test which measures the difference in blood pressure between the wrist and upper arm. This is to measure how well blood vessels in the lower arm are working.

MBS item 12001

A procedure where the skin is pricked (skin prick testing) with different substances in the air which might cause allergies (aeroallergens). Testing is to find out what a patient is allergic to.

MBS item 12003

Allergy tests using small injections under the skin. Testing is to find out if a person is allergic to certain foods or latex.

MBS item 12017

Allergy tests on small patches of skin (epicutaneous). Testing is to find out what is causing skin rashes (dermatitis). Between 26 and 50 different substances are tested.

MBS item 12325

An eye test using a camera (non mydriatic retinal camera) to take photos of both retinas (bilateral retinal photograph) to check how clear a person's vision is (visual acuity). This is to check for eye problems due to diabetes (diabetic retinopathy) as part of managing their diabetes (primary glycaemia management).

MBS item 12326

An eye test using a camera (non mydriatic retinal camera) to take photos of both retinas (bilateral retinal photograph) to check how clear a persons vision is (visual acuity). This is to check for eye problems due to diabetes (diabetic retinopathy) as part of managing their diabetes (primary glycaemia management).

Professional attendances
MBS item 00872

A meeting with a GP or specialist and at least 4 medical professionals and allied health providers. The meeting is to develop a treatment plan for a person with cancer, and is 10 minutes or longer.

Therapeutic procedures
Excision of large squamous or basal cell carcinoma

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous or cancerous lesion, cyst, scar, or ulcer from the skin of the face, scalp, neck, nipple area, lower leg, or forearm. The area may be repaired with either a flap of muscle, skin or muscle and skin from another part of the body directly after. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Excision of medium melanoma on trunk

Surgery to remove a cancerous area of skin between 15 mm and 30 mm in size. The sample is sent for testing to look at the cells. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Excision of small basal cell carcinoma on the face

Surgery to remove a cancerous area of skin less than 14 mm in size from the face. The sample is sent for testing to look at the cells.The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

Glucocorticoid preparations

Many injections of steroid medicine. This is to treat areas of damaged or abnormal skin.

Postnatal check-up

An appointment with a pregnancy and childbirth specialist or a GP 4 to 8 weeks after birth. The appointment is at their rooms and includes a mental health assessment.

Pregnancy management fee

A consultation with a specialist for a pregnancy which has passed 28 weeks. The specialist will plan and manage the pregnancy. They might also be available for the birth and care afterwards. The specialist must offer a mental health assessment. The patient can choose to undertake the assessment.

Skin biopsy

Taking a sample of skin for testing (biopsy) during a consultation.

Skin flap repair

Surgery to move a piece of healthy muscle, skin, or both, to repair a nearby area after removal of a skin growth. The procedure is performed either in-hospital or at the specialist's room.

MBS item 13757

A procedure to remove blood from the body (venesection) to help manage certain medical conditions.

MBS item 13839

A procedure to take blood from an artery to help diagnose a medical condition.

MBS item 14100

A procedure using laser (laser photocoagulation) to treat abnormal blood vessels of the head or neck.

MBS item 14106

A procedure using laser (laser photocoagulation) to treat abnormal blood vessels or different types of birth marks (infantile haemangiomas, café au lait macules, naevi of Ota). The area being treated must be smaller than 150cm2.

MBS item 14115

A procedure using laser (laser photocoagulation) to treat abnormal blood vessels or different types of birth marks (infantile haemangiomas, café au lait macules, naevi of Ota). The area being treated must be between 150cm2 to 300 cm2.

MBS item 14202

A procedure to treat fat loss caused by HIV treatment. It involves one or more injections of a filler (poly l lactic acid). This is for continuing treatment after the first treatment.

MBS item 14203

Surgery to insert a hormone or live tissue implant.

MBS item 14206

A procedure to insert a hormone or tissue into the body through vein using a thin tube (cannula).

MBS item 14258

A procedure by a medical practitioner (not an emergency doctor), to revive a patient they were already treating in an emergency department at a private hospital. Procedure lasted between 30 mins and 1 hour.

MBS item 14259

A procedure by a medical practitioner (not an emergency doctor), to revive a patient they were already treating in an emergency department at a private hospital. The procedure is between 1 and 2 hours.

MBS item 14265

A small (minor) procedure by a medical practitioner (not an emergency doctor), in an emergency department at a private hospital.

MBS item 14266

A procedure by a medical practitioner (not an emergency doctor), in an emergency department at a private hospital.

MBS item 14272

The treatment of a fracture or dislocation by a medical doctor (not an emergency doctor) in an emergency department at a private hospital where anaesthesia may be used.

MBS item 14283

A medicine given for pain relief or anaesthesia by an emergency doctor in an emergency department at a private hospital. The patient is between 4 and 75 years of age.

MBS item 16400

An appointment with a health care provider during pregnancy (antenatal). This is at a practice in a remote, rural or regional area. This may be with a midwife, nurse or health care provider for people who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

MBS item 16406

An appointment with a pregnancy and childbirth specialist (obstetrician) or a GP as part of care during pregnancy (antenatal). Patient has been referred by a midwife.

MBS item 16500

An appointment with a pregnancy and childbirth specialist (obstetrician) while the patient is pregnant (antenatal).

MBS item 16514

Monitoring an unborn baby's heartbeat (antenatal cardiotocography) in high risk pregnancy.

MBS item 16591

Care provided by a doctor for a pregnancy that has passed 28 weeks.

MBS item 17610

The first appointment with an anaesthetist which is no more than 15 minutes.

MBS item 17615

An appointment with an anaesthetist. Patient is about to have surgery or has a complex medical history. The appointment is between 15 and 30 minutes.

MBS item 17620

An appointment with an anaesthetist. Patient is about to have surgery or has a complex medical history. The appointment is between 31 and 45 minutes.

MBS item 18213

Injection of a local anaesthetic into the vein of an arm or leg.

MBS item 18216

Giving medicine by injection into the spine (intrathecal, epidural). Medical doctor present for up to 1 hour.

MBS item 18225

Giving medicine through an IV drip for pain relief or anaesthesia. Medical doctor present for 15 minutes or more.

MBS item 18234

Injection of anaesthetic into one of the main nerves of the face (trigeminal).

MBS item 18236

Injection of anaesthetic into a branch of one of the main nerves of the face (trigeminal).

MBS item 18242

Injection of anaesthetic into one of the main nerves that runs along the upper neck and back of head (greater occipital nerve).

MBS item 18264

Injection of an anaesthetic into one or more nerves around the genital area (pudendal, dorsal).

MBS item 18270

Injection of an anaesthetic into the main nerve of the thigh (femoral).

MBS item 18272

Injection of an anaesthetic into the one or more nerves of the leg (saphenous, sural, popliteal, posterior tibial).

MBS item 30003

Dressing a small burn which does not need a skin graft.

MBS item 30006

Dressing a large (extensive) burn and any appointment that goes with it. Anaesthesia is not used.

MBS item 30023

A procedure to clean out a deep or dirty soft tissue wound. General anaesthetic or area specific nerve numbing is needed. Stitches may be used to close the wound.

MBS item 30026

A procedure to repair a small and shallow wound of the skin or a mucous membrane. The wound is not on the face or neck.

MBS item 30029

A procedure to repair a small and deep wound of the skin or a mucous membrane. The wound is not on the face or neck.

MBS item 30032

A procedure to repair a small and shallow wound of the skin or a mucous membrane. The wound is on the face or neck.

MBS item 30035

A procedure to repair a small and deep wound of the skin or a mucous membrane. The wound is on the face or neck.

MBS item 30038

A procedure to repair a long and shallow wound of the skin or a mucous membrane. The wound is not on the face or neck.

MBS item 30042

A procedure to repair a long and deep wound of the skin or a mucous membrane. The wound is not on the face or neck.

MBS item 30045

A procedure to repair a long and shallow wound of the skin or a mucous membrane. The wound is on the face or neck.

MBS item 30052

Repair of a skin tear which goes through all layers of skin (full thickness laceration) of the ear, eyelid, nose or lip.

MBS item 30061

A procedure to remove an object which doesn't belong from the surface of the body (foreign body).

MBS item 30062

A procedure to remove a device, which prevents pregnancy, from under the skin.

MBS item 30064

A procedure where the skin is cut to remove an object which doesn't belong (foreign body). The wound is closed afterwards.

MBS item 30068

A procedure to remove an object which doesn't belong (foreign body) from a muscle, tendon or other deep tissue.

MBS item 30072

A procedure to take a sample of mucous membrane for testing (biopsy).

MBS item 30191

A procedure to remove one or more severely disfiguring lesions or bleeding growths with laser.

MBS item 30192

A procedure to destroy 10 or more areas of skin which are at risk of becoming cancerous (premalignant).

MBS item 30196

Surgery to remove a cancerous growth (malignant neoplasm) from the skin or mucous membranes, by scraping curettage) or using laser. May also include cold (cryotherapy) or heat (diathermy) treatment.

MBS item 30202

Surgery to remove a cancerous growth (malignant neoplasm) from the skin or mucous membranes, using liquid nitrogen to freeze the area.

MBS item 30216

A procedure to remove blood which has pooled outside the blood vessels (haematoma).

MBS item 30219

A procedure to cut and drain an area of blood (haematoma) or pus (furuncle or abscess). This procedure does not happen in a hospital.

MBS item 30278

Surgery to correct limited movement of the tongue (tongue tie).

MBS item 30628

Surgery to remove a swelling (hydrocele) caused by fluid around the testicle/s.

MBS item 30654

Surgery to remove the foreskin of the penis (circumcision).

MBS item 31206

Surgery to remove a growth (tumour or cyst), ulcer or scar smaller than 10 mm (in diameter and located in mucous membrane. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31211

Surgery to remove a growth (tumour or cyst), ulcer or scar between 10 and 20 mm (in diameter) and located in mucous membrane. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31216

Surgery to remove a growth (tumour or cyst), ulcer or scar larger than 20 mm (in diameter) and located in mucous membrane. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31220

Surgery to remove between 4 and 10 growths (tumour or cyst), ulcers or scars, each smaller than 10 mm (in diameter) and located in the skin (cutaneous) or just below (subcutaneous). A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31225

Surgery to remove more than 10 growths (tumour or cyst), ulcers or scars, each smaller than 10 mm (in diameter) and located in the mucous membrane, skin (cutaneous) or just below (subcutaneous). A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31345

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous fatty lump (lipoma) by cutting (excision) or suction (liposuction). The lump is under the skin (subcutaneous) and more than 50mm wide. A sample is sent for testing.

MBS item 31356

Surgery to remove a cancerous (malignant) area of skin smaller than 6 mm in size. This is from or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31357

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous fluid filled growth (cyst), ulcer or scar which is smaller than 6 mm in size. This includes surgery on or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31358

Surgery to remove a cancerous (malignant) area of skin larger than 6 mm in size. This is from or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31360

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous fluid filled growth (cyst), ulcer or scar which is larger than 6 mm in size. This includes surgery on or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31362

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous area of skin less than 14 mm in size including a fluid filled growth (cyst), ulcer or scar. This is from or around the face, neck, scalp, nipple, lower leg or upper arm. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31364

Surgery to remove a non cancerous area of skin (non malignant skin lesion) such as a fluid filled lump (cyst), ulcer or scar. The area is more than 14 mm in diameter and is on the face, neck, scalp, nipple area (nipple areola complex), lower leg or forearm.

MBS item 31365

Surgery to remove a skin cancer (malignant skin lesion). The area is less than 15 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31366

Surgery to remove a non cancerous area of skin (non malignant skin lesion) such as a fluid filled lump (cyst), ulcer or scar. The area is less than 15 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31367

Surgery to remove a skin cancer (malignant skin lesion). The area is between 15 mm and 30 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31368

Surgery to remove a non cancerous area of skin (non malignant skin lesion) such as a fluid filled lump (cyst), ulcer or scar. The area is between 15 mm and 30 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31369

Surgery to remove a skin cancer (malignant skin lesion). The area is more than 30 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31370

Surgery to remove a non cancerous area of skin (non malignant skin lesion) such as a fluid filled lump (cyst), ulcer or scar. The area is more than 30 mm in diameter.

MBS item 31371

Surgery to remove a non-cancerous fluid filled growth (cyst), ulcer or scar which is larger than 6 mm in size. This includes surgery on or around the nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, finger/toe or genitals. A sample will be sent for testing.

MBS item 31372

Surgery to remove a cancerous (malignant) area of skin less than 14 mm in size. This is from or around the face, neck, scalp, nipple, lower leg or upper arm. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31373

Surgery to remove skin cancer larger than 14 mm in size. This is from or around the face, neck, scalp, nipple, lower leg or upper arm. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31374

Surgery to remove skin cancer which is less than 15 mm in size. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31376

Surgery to remove skin cancer which is larger than 30 mm in size. The sample will be sent off for testing to look at the cells.

MBS item 31533

A procedure where a fine needle is inserted into a breast lump to collect a sample of cells (aspiration).

MBS item 31548

A procedure to take a sample from a growth (tumour) in breast tissue for testing (biopsy). This is to look at the cells to see if they are cancerous.

MBS item 31587

A procedure to adjust a band which was previously placed around top of the stomach (gastric band).

MBS item 32147

A procedure to make a cut into an area around the anus to drain blood which has collected there.

MBS item 32500

A treatment for varicose veins larger than 2.5 mm in one or both legs. Chemicals are injected and compression bandages are used. This is for up to 6 treatments in 12 months.

MBS item 32504

A procedure to cut into small veins which drain into varicose veins of one leg.

MBS item 32520

A treatment for a varicose vein in one leg using laser therapy.

MBS item 32522

A treatment for more than one veins in one leg using laser therapy.

MBS item 35503

A procedure to insert a device (IUD, intra uterine contraceptive device) into the uterus/womb to prevent pregnancy.

MBS item 35506

A procedure to remove a device (IUD, intra uterine contraceptive device) from the uterus/womb, under general anaesthesia.

MBS item 35608

A procedure on the cervix. This may involve freezing to treat abnormal cells or taking a sample of cells from the area.

MBS item 35611

Surgery to remove one or more abnormal growths from the cervix.

MBS item 35620

Taking a sample from the lining of the uterus (endometrial biopsy). This is to check for cancer cells in patients which have abnormal bleeding from the vagina.

MBS item 36800

A procedure to insert a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into the bladder.

MBS item 37415

A procedure involving injection into the penis to understand and treat problems with erection (impotence). This is for two services in 36 months.

MBS item 37435

Surgery to fix a tight piece of foreskin at the top of the penis (frenuloplasty).

MBS item 37623

Surgery to cut one or both tubes that carry sperm from the testicles (vasotomy, vasectomy). This surgery prevents pregnancy. There are strict legal requirements about this surgery in persons under the age of 18. Medicare may not pay any money towards the surgery if the law is not followed.

MBS item 38803

A procedure where a small needle or tube is inserted into the chest cavity to remove and drain excess fluid (paracentesis).

MBS item 41500

A procedure to remove an object which should not be inside the ear canal (foreign body).

MBS item 41647

A procedure to clean out the inside of the ear. An operating microscope will be needed.

MBS item 41677

Surgery to stop a nosebleed (epistaxis). May involve heat (cauterisation) or gauze/cotton packing to block blood vessels.

MBS item 42575

Surgery to remove an oil gland in the eye (extirpation).

MBS item 42644

Surgery to remove an object stuck in the clear area over the front of the eye (cornea) or the whites of the eye (sclera).

MBS item 45030

Surgery to remove a small, non cancerous growths. These growths are found around the blood vessels or lymph vessels in the skin, area under the skin, or in mucous membranes (angioma).

MBS item 45200

Surgery where a flap of skin from another area is taken to fill a skin defect.

MBS item 45202

Surgery to fix an area after skin was removed to treat a condition. A flap of muscle, skin or muscle and skin is used in the repair.

MBS item 45203

Surgery to repair a large or complicated skin defect. A flap of skin from another area is taken to fill the defect.

MBS item 45206

Surgery to repair a skin defect of the eyelid, nose, lip, ear, neck, hand, fingers or thumb, or genitals. A flap of skin from another area is taken to fill the defect.

MBS item 45439

Surgery to move a piece of healthy skin to an area of damaged skin (graft).

MBS item 45445

Surgery that uses healthy skin from one part of the body to cover another area which is damaged or cannot heal (graft).

MBS item 45448

Surgery to move a piece of healthy skin to an area of damaged skin (graft). This may be around the eyelid, nose, lip, ear, neck, hand, thumb or fingers, or genitals.

MBS item 45451

Surgery using a piece of skin from one area of the body to repair another area (graft).

MBS item 45665

Surgery to remove cancer from the lip, eyelid or ear. This is done by removing the tissue with cancer and then repairing it with stitches.

MBS item 46513

Surgery to remove a fingernail from a finger or thumb.

MBS item 46528

Surgery to treat an ingrowing finger nail. This involves removing part of the nail, some of the skin around the nail or the area where the nail joins the finger.

MBS item 46531

Surgery to treat an ingrowing finger nail. This involves using a chemical to stop part of the nail growing back.

MBS item 47015

A procedure to treat a dislocated shoulder (when the shoulder pops out of its socket).

MBS item 47348

A procedure to treat a fracture of the wrist (carpus).

MBS item 47354

A procedure to treat a fracture of a bone in the wrist (carpal) just below the thumb (scaphoid).

MBS item 47361

A treatment for a fracture of one or both of the forearm bones (radius, ulna) at the wrist, using a cast.

MBS item 47362

A treatment for a fracture of one or both of the forearm bones (radius, ulna) at the wrist. External supports are used to hold the bones together. Anaesthesia is used.

MBS item 47387

A treatment for a fracture along the shaft of both forearm bones (radius and ulna), using a cast.

MBS item 47405

A treatment for a fracture of one of the forearm bones (radius) at the elbow. External supports are used to hold the bones together.

MBS item 47462

A treatment for a fracture to the collar bone (clavicle).

MBS item 47471

A treatment for a fracture to one or more rib bones.

MBS item 47561

A treatment for a fracture to the shaft of large bone in the lower leg (tibia), using a cast.

MBS item 47904

Surgery to remove a toenail.

MBS item 47915

Surgery to treat an ingrowing toenail. This involves removing part of the nail, some of the skin around and under the nail.

MBS item 47916

Surgery to treat an ingrowing toenail. This involves using heat or a chemical to stop part of the nail growing back.

MBS item 47918

Surgery to treat an ingrowing toenail. The nail bed is removed.

MBS item 91853

An appointment while the patient is pregnant (antenatal). The appointment is by telehealth.

MBS item 91855

An appointment with a midwife, nurse or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner during pregnancy (antenatal). The appointment is by telehealth and up to 10 services per pregnancy are provided.

MBS item 91858

An appointment while the patient is pregnant (antenatal). The appointment is by telehealth.