How are anaesthetic fees calculated?

Anaesthetic fees are the fees charged by your anaesthetist to look after you while you have your procedure. This may be a minor procedure such as a colonoscopy through to major surgery, such as hip replacement. This fee is separate from the surgeon, hospital and any other charges related to your hospital admission. This fee is calculated in accordance with recommendations from the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA). This fee takes into account the high level of training required to become a specialist anaesthetist (usually 11 years or more at university), the costs of running a medical practice, sick leave, annual leave, the costs of medical defence insurance, ongoing self-education costs and the responsibility of performing anaesthesia.