Respected Sydney brain surgeon Charlie Teo, who has recently been forced to defend his operating costs, has challenged his costs in the past by Medicare and insurers, has been shown.
It has also been claimed that his analysis of the distribution of $ 120,000 between different experts and institutions was incorrect.
Dr. Teo said that $ 40,000 of that money would be shared between practitioners, such as himself, and $ 80,000 would go to the hospital.
However, according to The Australian, the hospital Teo operates from an average of $ 35,000 to $ 40,000 on average for one of his patients – no matter how complex the operation is.
Respected Sydney brain surgeon Charlie Teo, who recently defended his astronomical surgery fees, has challenged his costs in the past by Medicare and insurers, it has been revealed
& # 39; Each individual specialist determines the fees they charge for specific operations and the surgeon will discuss this directly with their patients & # 39 ;, a spokesperson for Prince Hospital Hospital Hospital told the publication.
Private Healthcare Australia, chief executive Rachel David, said that in normal cases, insurers would pay for hospital stays, intensive care and rehabilitation.
She also said Medicare a discount and & # 39; gap cover & # 39; would pay for the surgeon, assistant and anesthesiologist, but this would not come close to the six-digit bill that Dr. Charges Teo.
& # 39; I am aware of some situations in which health funds have challenged these invoices on behalf of their members, and where the MBS (Medicare discount) has not been paid, & # 39; she said.
According to The Australian, the hospital operates Dr. Teo of only charges between $ 35,000 and $ 40,000 on average for one of his patients regardless of how complex the surgery is
The Sydney-based neurosurgeon, who has made a name for himself by accepting inoperable cases and offering brain cancer patients a second chance at life, defended his practices during a fiery exchange with today's host Georgie Gardner on Wednesday morning.
After sparring with Gardner, Dr. Teo plans to go to his surgery and operate on 12-year-old Amelia & # 39; Millie & # 39; Lucas, who previously only got & # 39; 12 weeks to live & # 39; But the operation was postponed until Monday due to a lack of available beds.
Miss Lucas' desperate parents raised $ 156,000 for her treatment after Dr. Teo said she was a good candidate for potentially life-saving operations. Dr. Teo and his team will wear Milli & # 39; s bandana during the high stakes procedure.
This morning Gardner asked Mr. Teo questions about the ethics of his prizes, but he shot back to the presenter of the Nine Network, telling her that she was entitled to her & # 39; facts & # 39; and claimed that most of his bill goes to the private hospital, not to him.
Amelia Millie Lucas & # 39; s parents have crawled $ 156,000 to pay her medical bills and she will be operated on today by Dr. Charlie Teo (together)
Dr. Teo told the family of Miss Lucas that he could perform the private open brain surgery for between $ 60-80,000
The surgeon – claiming he only paid $ 8,000 for an operation of $ 120,000 – said the real problem & # 39; ego & # 39; and & # 39; proud & # 39; was with doctors in the public health system.
He claimed that public doctors would refuse to support him, so that he could perform free procedures.
& # 39; It's a bit unfair. If I was a child with cancer and in a foreign state who wants the very best care, I think it should be possible to do it in the public system, "he said.
& # 39; But unfortunately, if it's done in the public system, you know that few people have swallowed their ego & # 39 ;.
He said that doctors at facilities that act as & # 39; centers of excellence & # 39; could be operated free of charge on interstate patients in the public system, but that they needed the approval of other doctors.
& # 39; To be called a center of excellence, you need at least three or four neurosurgeons to say & # 39; that the doctor does something else for us & # 39 ;, and that won't happen, & # 39; he added.
Gardner then quietly asked if he suggested that he was only willing to work in public hospitals if his expenses were covered.
Teo replied that he would be happy to perform free procedures if doctors wanted him.
& # 39; If I have a poor child in an interstate patient for the past 20 years who does not have private health insurance, they have two options. They come to the private system in NSW and are done privately where they have to pay.
The family of Amelia & # 39; Millie & # 39; Lucas (left), from Perth, raised more than $ 150,000 online, so she got Dr.'s operation. Could pay Teo for a malignant brain tumor. Her sister Tess, 15, (right) also has the same brain tumor disorder but has since received the all-clear
& # 39; Or I say to them: & # 39; Listen, if you can get your neurosurgeon out of your state to invite me to your hospital, I'll work in the public system for free, with benefits that will benefit not only you but hopefully the entire neurosurgical community, they can learn my techniques & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Have I ever accepted this offer? Never. & # 39;
Teo said it was only three weeks ago that a neurosurgeon at Westmead Children & Hospital approached him for help with a case he couldn't perform on a sick child.
& # 39; He swallows his pride. He takes me there. A small child who dies is operated on for free. The result is fantastic. He's home now, out of tumor.
& # 39; All they have to do is swallow their ego. & # 39;
Sydney-based physician Charlie Teo has come under fire because he has charged patients up to $ 120,000 for high-stakes operations. Professor Henry Woo (right, a urologist at the University of Sydney School of Medicine, counted no fewer than 113 GoFundMe campaigns launched by patients to finance operations
His comments come as his main critic, Dr. Henry Woo, a professor at the University of Sydney School of Medicine, doubled on his claims that & # 39; there is something seriously wrong & # 39; with a system where the family of a terminally ill girl is forced to raise money for a possible life-saving procedure.
Millie's parents were willing to sell everything to finance their daughter's surgery – of which Dr. Teo said it would cost between $ 60,000 and $ 80,000.
But family, friends and nice strangers have joined the family to donate more than $ 150,000 in a week. The rest of the money goes to alternative therapies for Millie abroad.
Professor Woo tweeted Wednesday: & # 39; There is no single operation that is so difficult that only one or a handful of surgeons could perform it …
& # 39; When surgeons do not perform a certain type of operation, it is easy to blame the system.
& # 39; It is often about the actual operation. It is inappropriate to label surgeons as jealous, incompetent or stubborn if the reasons are actually valid. & # 39;
& # 39; If it was a valid operation, it could / should be performed in the public system under Medicare & # 39 ;, said Professor Woo.
Professor Woo criticized Dr. Teo after a 12-year-old terminally ill girl was forced to raise $ 100,000 for her own brain surgery
Dr. Teo said he doesn't believe there was anything wrong with raising money for procedures when patients go through the private health system.
& # 39; Some of the practices are unethical, but the real concept of raising money to try to afford a doctor who doesn't work in your system or doesn't work in your state, I don't think it's unethical & # 39 ;, said he.
Teo got a hit from Woo, a urologist, who says he should go back to his lab & # 39; and must try to find prostate cancer treatment instead of discrediting a colleague.
Over the past decade, the physician living in Sydney has taken what other doctors considered unusable and offered brain cancer patients a second chance at life.
He said the organization has refused to acknowledge that in some cases it has offered a different level of competence.
Dr. Teo, who claims to have performed 11,000 surgeries, said that neurosurgeons simply felt intimidated by him and then refused to support him.
& # 39; Am I as good as people say I am? & # 39; he asked.
& # 39; If you talk to a neurosurgeon in Australia, they will say it's all nonsense … so why am I being praised and seduced by the best hospitals abroad? & # 39;
He told Sky News that he had picked up work all over the world, although he had found a different attitude in Australia.
& # 39; I have similar agreements everywhere to & # 39; the world's most difficult tumors and yet no one in Australia is willing to invite me to their hospital to learn my technique. I mean, there's something going on there. & # 39;
Despite undergoing a series of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy, Millie & # 39; s brain tumor doubled in size within four months
Dr. Teo first came to the attention after Professor Woo the & # 39; disturbing & # 39; amount of online fundraisers that were run by patients who could not afford his expertise.
Professor Woo had no fewer than 113 GoFundMe campaigns launched by patients to finance the operations.
He said he found it difficult to change Dr. Mantra. To reconcile Teo with & # 39; patients as your own family, but leave them financially destitute & # 39 ;.
Dr. Teo acknowledged that Professor Woo had an & # 39; important issue & # 39; brought forward.
& # 39; The difference between public and private (and the) costs of medicines should be discussed & he said ABC.
& # 39; But what you have to remember is that of those $ 120,000 (charged for surgery), most people think it's all going to me, and that's not the case at all. & # 39;
He further explained that a large part of the operating allowance would go directly to the private hospital, while the rest would be divided among the various experts involved in the operation.
& # 39; For example, in the last $ 120,000 bill I received $ 8,000, & # 39; he explained. & # 39; It's not even a significant amount for me. & # 39;
Professor Woo's Tweets led to discussions about the ethics of charging patients about excessive health care reimbursements and the issue of public versus private institutions.
& # 39; The best surgeons exercise in the public sector where their decisions are peer-reviewed. It is always possible to operate 2 – the question becomes – is it safe and sensible. Our public sector pays a lot of care to a serious illness. No doctor's afternoon is worth $ 60,000 & # 39 ;, tweeted one person.
Professor Woo, however, replied that there is adequate medical care in both sectors, but patients need to be better informed about reimbursements.
RACS executive director of surgical affairs John Quinn took the idea that patients should raise funds for operations that were already available in the public system.
He called for guided financial decisions and reminded patients that it was misleading to believe that a higher fee was always accompanied by better service.
Government-funded cancer treatment was the subject of debate during the federal elections. Labor leader Bill Shorten promised to reduce the cancer costs that cancer patients owe.
WHO IS CHARLIE TEO?
Charlie Teo is a Sydney based neurosurgeon and director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick.
The doctor has received international media attention due to his reputation for & # 39; non-operable & # 39; or risky cases.
Dr. Charlie Teo
Teo has been praised for his practices, but has also been the subject of criticism of his & # 39; controversial methods & # 39; and for offering false hope to patients.
Among his notable patients is Australian pianist Aaron McMillan, 30, who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor in 2001.
Dr. Teo successfully removed the tumor, but unfortunately came back two years later and in 2007 led to the death of McMillan.
Teo also dealt with 2UE radio station Stan Zemanek during his fight with glioblastoma in 2006.
Teo worked in the US for ten years after claiming he could not secure his work due to his & # 39; bad name in Australia & # 39 ;.
The surgeon has defended his methods by saying that he is willing to extend the lives of patients if they are not ready to give in to their illness.
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