No Health Insurance?  

There are many Ear Nose and Throat conditions that do not require surgery.  These problems can be assessed and managed in our private rooms without an operation.

If surgery is recommended and you are not covered by health insurance you have two options:

Pay for the operation yourself (self-fund) through the private hospital system


Your GP can refer you to the John Hunter Hospital outpatient ENT clinic

Public Hospital Patients

Dr. Jefferson does not book patients to public operating lists from his private rooms.

If you are not privately insured and not in a position to pay for surgery out of pocket please let our receptionists know and they will forward your referral onto the public outpatient clinic at John Hunter Hospital.

As a public patient at a public hospital you will not receive a bill for any services provided while in the public system.     If you elect to have surgery through the public hospital after seeing Dr. Jefferson at his private rooms (Ear Nose Throat Newcastle in Jesmond), you will be placed on the public hospital outpatient waiting list and will be reassessed at the public hospital outpatient clinic.  As a patient referred to the public system you will not have a choice of surgeon.


Many patients choose to “self-fund” their procedure.  This allows you to have the operation performed by the surgeon of your choice, at a private hospital on a date that is convenient for you.  Dates for your surgery are usually available within a few weeks of your consultation.

Dr. Jefferson’s fees are based on the Australian Medical Association (AMA) recommended rates.  The costs associated with self-funded operations may not be as expensive as you might expect, especially for operations like tonsillectomy and grommet insertion, which can be day-only cases.

If you choose the self-fund option, you will get a portion of the cost back from Medicare.

In addition to the surgeon’s fees you will also be responsible for the hospital fees and anaesthetist fees.  Our staff will be happy to provide you with contact numbers to obtain quotes from both.

Our surgeon’s fees:

Item Number Description Cost @ Ear Nose Throat Newcastle Medicare Rebate
41632 x 2 Bilateral Grommets (grommets in both ears) $  907.50 $  277.05
41789 Tonsillectomy (child less than 12 years of age) $  735.00 $  225.35
41793 Tonsillectomy (person over 12 years of age) $  920.00 $  287.35
41671, 41692 x2, 41764 Septoplasty/Turbinoplasty (blocked nose operation)  $ 1620


* Please note: These fees are current as of August 2020 and are subject to change at any time