A ‘gap’ is the amount you pay either for medical or hospital charges, over and above what you get back from Medicare or your private health insurer. Most patients requiring knee, hip or shoulder replacements incur significant out-of-pocket expenses (on top of private health insurance premiums that are paid annually) in the form of surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees, physiotherapist gaps, etc. However, JRC offers a ‘no gap’ holistic care pathway for private insured patients requiring a joint replacement. The only out-of-pocket expense you may incu is a hospital excess charged by your health insurer, this different for each insurance policy and can be checked with your insurer.
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Overview and FAQ
JRC offers a pioneering care philosophy and pathway for South Australians requiring joint replacement surgery.
Holistic care pathway from the initial consultation to 3 months post-operative period and routine follow-ups thereafter.
Experienced Joint Replacement Surgeons performing:
- Robotic -assisted Knee replacements.
- Total Hip Replacements including Direct-anterior THR.
- Patient-specific Total shoulder replacements.
No-out-of-pocket expenses for private insured patients for Surgeon, Anaesthetist, Physician, hospital, Physiotherapy sessions, transport to and from hospital, Home Support Services after surgery for the first week and delivery and collection of mobility aids for the first week.
All joint replacement patients under Prof Jegan Krishnan and Dr Sunil Reddy’s care will have the benefit of this pathway of care.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, from your GP addressed to Prof J Krishnan or Dr S Reddy.
To take advantage of the JRC Care Pathway with no out-of-pocket expenses, you do require private health insurance. Self-funded patients can also use this service. Please phone us on 1300 000 572 to discuss your individual needs and options.
To make an appointment by phone, please 1300 000 572 during office hours and request the preferred doctor.
You can also fax your referral to 08 7123 6320.
You can also make an appointment by submitting the Appointment Request form.
Please bring the following as applicable:
All X-rays, CT or MRI scans and results of blood tests or Nerve conduction tests as applicable.
If your GP has provided a Referral letter, please provide to the Receptionist on arrival. Your doctor would likely have faxed the referral letter to the doctors, in which case you do not need to bring one with you.
Medicare card, DVA card or Health insurance card as applicable.
It commences from the initial consultation with the surgeon. Following the consultation our team will be in contact with you to organise a pre-operative anaesthetist consultation, a physician consultation and a physiotherapist assessment.
A 10 day care package begins on the day of surgery consisting of transport to hospital from home, hospital stay following surgery, discharge (usually on third day following surgery) and home care by Home Support Services for 7 days (as required). Some patients may need further care following discharge requiring transfer to a rehabilitation centre and will not need Home Support Services home care.
This is followed by physiotherapy sessions as part of the JRC Care Pathway (6 treatments included in total as part of the Pathway).
All patient requirements and recovery times do vary. Important to note is that the 10 days of treatment, commences on the day of your surgery.
- Pre-assessment of your home before surgery.
- Transfer to and from hospital.
- Home support and assistance with personal care.
- Nurse visit if required.
The JRC Care Pathway includes 6 physiotherapy treatments in total. This may be split up to be 1 pre-surgery and 5 post-surgery. Alternatively, you may use all 6 as part of post-surgery treatment. As part of your pre-assessment, we can discuss your individual needs.
The information will be provided by the physiotherapist.
It is common for most patients to be discharged from hospital on day 2 or 3 of the Care Pathway. Getting you back home and out of hospital within a short timeframe is important so you can commence your recovery in the comfort of your own home. Every patient is different in the speed of recovery and individual patient results may vary.