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Costs
 
 
Prices of appointments are as follows:
 
First patient appointment (new patients): $290.00 including GST - 50 minutes allocated.
Consultant follow-up appointments: $145.00 including GST - 20 minutes allocated.
Nurse-led follow-up appointments: $95.00 including GST -20 minutes allocated
  
Be aware that potential additional costs may arise as part of the management of your condition.
 
Blood tests do not have any extra cost associated.
 
Sometimes additional investigations are required. They are not routinely done, but may be necessary  to clarify diagnosis, to rule out other conditions, or for monitoring purposes (eg X-rays of the hands and feet every 2-3 years in rheumatoid arthritis). Sometimes a chest x-ray is needed before commencing certain medications.
 
These will incur additional costs from the relevant providers. The costs are usually covered by the insurance company for patients with medical insurance. 
 
Most often when additional investigations are required, this will involve radiological investigations (X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans or MRI scans). These are done at Nelson Radiology.
 
Examples of radiology test costs include:
 
X-ray of hands and feet - $200
Chest X-ray - $120
Lumbar spine X-ray - $135
Sacroiliac joint X-ray - $120
 
CT scan of chest - $590
 
MRI lumbar spine - $1120
MRI sacroiliac joints - $1120
MRI cervical spine - $1120
 
Less commonly cardiology or respiratory investigations may be needed. These may include ECG's, echocardiograms or lung function tests. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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