What information can be found in my health record?

A health record is created any time you see a health professional such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, chiropractor, or psychiatrist. You could find any of the following in your health record:

  • Your medical history and your family’s medical history
  • Labs and x-rays
  • Medications prescribed
  • Alcohol use and sexual activity
  • Details about your lifestyle (smoking, exercise, recreational drug use, high-risk sports, stress levels)
  • Doctor/nurse notes
  • Results of operations and procedures
  • Genetic testing
  • Research participation
  • Any Information you provide on applications for disability, life or accidental insurance with private insurers or government programs
  • Driver’s License
  • Medicare Number

Who has access to my health records?

With your consent, many people can access your health records including people outside the health care industry.

  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies especially if you receive Medicare, Workers Comp or any local, state or federal assistance
  • Employers
  • Banks, Financial Institutions
  • Researchers
  • If you are involved in a court case, your health records can be subpoenaed and available to the public
  • Marketers
  • Drug companies
  • Data miners
  • Transcribers in and outside Australia.
  • Many health websites collect information about you

How much does it cost to see a doctor if I am from overseas?

There are numerous countries that are part of the reciprocal health agreement with Australia, which means you would be entitled to receive Australian medicare benefits. More information can be found here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/rhca-medical-care-visitors-australia#a1

Countries that are eligible for benefits include:

For visitors from countries outside those in the above list, the consultation will attract the full price depending on whether it is a very short consultation, a short consultation or a long consultation. You will be provided with an official tax invoice, which is eligible for you to claim with your travel insurance company.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly reception staff at Ocean Health Clinic if you have any further questions.

Will it hurt to remove skin cancers?

There might be some mild discomfort, but usually patients experience minimal reactions. Some may be removed using a cauterizing machine or by surgical incision. Depending on the size, type and location of the lesion, the physician may administer some form of anesthesia to reduce discomfort. As with all medical procedures undertaken at the Ocean Health Clinic, your health and safety are our priority. We encourage you to talk with one of our expert medical professionals for further information today.