Murdoch Hospital Emergency Department fee change
The fee for walk in patients to St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s Emergency Department will increase to $295 from 11 October.
6 Oct 2021
The fee change is intended to help decrease waiting times by encouraging patients with minor injuries and illnesses to seek the appropriate care at more suitable facilities, such as urgent care centres and general practitioners (GPs).
St John of God Murdoch Hospital Emergency Medicine Director Dr Jason Fitch said the fee change would give priority to ambulance presentations and people who require emergency care.
“The St John of God Murdoch Hospital Emergency Department is very busy and needs to prioritise its services to those patients that need urgent care, including high acute patients arriving by ambulance,” Dr Fitch said.
The fee change is intended to encourage non-urgent cases to other appropriate facilities so we have the capacity to care for very ill or injured patients, who are likely to require hospital care.”
The new fee structure comes into effect from 11 October:
- Walk-in attendance fee increased from $195 to $295.
- Ambulance presentations are not impacted (no fee charged)
St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s ED provides expert, experienced care for the following conditions:
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Orthopaedics injury
- Sports injury
- Renal colic / urinary retention
- Respiratory patients
- General medical
- Back pain