How rheumatologists' consult fees compare

There are significant variations in the fees rheumatologists are charging for an initial consultation, according to a comparison of specialist fees.

Academics analysed Medicare claims made in 2015 for initial outpatient consultations (MBS item 110) in 11 specialties.

With a mean initial consult fee of $236, rheumatologists came third in the league table, behind immunologists and neurologists (just over $250).

The fee charged by rheumatologists in the 10th percentile was $175, rising to $300 for those in the 90th percentile,