Advantages of a private institute
friendly care by a specialist team
time for an appointment, also on-line appointment reservation
time on your visiting day (though exceptions can sometimes occur)
time for reports (for thyroid reports usually two working days)
We charge a little bit higher than standard Austrian insurance
rates for common services (e.g. thyroid ultrasound, thyroid scan,
and thyroid hormone lab), a little bit less than 80% of which will
be reimbursed by your Austrian insurance company, as well as a flat
charge of € 43.- for thyroid, or endocrine disorder and osteoporosis
evaluation visits. The latter includes all the benefits of a privately
run institute for a "standard" visit. For visits that are
more complex and need more time, we will charge a higher flat charge,
depending on the duration of your visit, the complexity of the disease
and medical report or other services that we may provide. These
flat charges will not be reimbursed by your insurance company.
Special treatments (alcohol ablation, radiofrequency ablation)
or special diagnostic procedures (core needle biopsy) are usually
not reimbursed by the mandatory health insurance companies, but are
in general partly (or fully) covered by private insurers. Radioiodine
treatment will be reimbursed at 80% by the mandatory insurance companies
(own costs approximately € 30.-), fine needle aspiration to a
much lesser extent.
The reimbursement process itself might take some weeks. The feedback
from our patients regarding reimbursement is however positive. If
you bring your medical referral letter ("Überweisungsschein")
with you, we will pass it on, together with the "Honorarnote"
(Invoice), to your insurance company if you wish.
Current costs for Radiofrequency ablation for patients outside the
EU are € 2860.- and for EU patients € 2300.- (including
VAT of 10%). In Austria mandatory insurance companies often (not always)
reimburse approximately € 300.- and complementary insurance companies
from nothing to 100%.
"Short" thyroid appointments
Sometimes intermediate control visits for known patients are necessary
to assure a proper thyroid hormone dosage. The flat charge for these
is € 17.-. For medical services the reimbursement issue is the
same as stated above.
Endocrine disorders and osteoporosis
For bone densitometry measurements we charge € 75.-. This includes
a "vertebral morphometry scan" in addition to a high-quality
scan of the lumbar spine and both femoral sites. Vertebral morphometry
allows for detection of vertebral fractures of the thoracic and lumbar
spine and adds significant information (without having to send the
patient to a radiologist) to the bone density report. Reimbursement
for a DEXA (bone mineral density) measurement is approximately €