Surgeons could be stripped of fellowship over booking fees

College talks tough after investigation reveals some patients have been charged $6000

The surgeons’ college says it is prepared to strip fellowship from members who charge exorbitant fees, amid growing concern about out-of-pocket costs for some procedures.


On Monday night, the ABC’s Four Corners program uncovered examples of surgeons charging patients up to $6000 in illegal booking or administration fees as part of its investigation into out-of-pocket costs.

Booking fees are a breach of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' (RACS) code of conduct, and of surgeons’ contracts with private health insurers.

The program also asserted that the high