WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Dr Mircea Iosif has recently been clinically approved to offer Medicinal Cannabis to eligible patients who may suffer from a chronic or terminal medical condition where conventional medicines do not work, do not work effectively, or have unpleasant side effects.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
The requirements for the first consultation are a referral from your regular GP or Specialist, along with a copy of your full medical history, including relevant and recent results, reports and GP Management Plan’s (GPMP) relating to your illness.
WHY DO I NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE DR IOSIF FOR MEDICINAL CANNABIS?
The referral from your GP or specialist will allow Dr Iosif to obtain important information regarding your chronic medical condition, as well as what medications you are taking, any tests or procedures that have been conducted in relation to your medical condition and any of your other relevant medical history that will help determine your candidacy for Medicinal Cannabis.
HOW MUCH DOES AN APPOINTMENT COST WITH DR IOSIF?
Your first consultation will be your ELIGIBILITY CONSULTATION for a period of 20-30 mins which will enable Dr Iosif to determine your eligibility to be prescribed Medicinal Cannabis as a treatment for your condition.
Your next consultation, which will be your INITIAL MEDICINAL CANNABIS CONSULTATION, will be for a period of 1.5 hrs with the nurse and Dr Iosif and will cost $200.00. You will be entitled to a Medicare rebate of $72.80 with a current Medicare Card.
Follow up appointments will incur a fee of $75 with a rebate of $37.60.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE FIRST CONSULTATION?
At the first consultation Dr Iosif will discuss your requirements.
A second consultation (your INITIAL MEDICINAL CANNABIS CONSULTATION once eligible) will then be booked for you to undergo a Comprehensive Health Assessment in order to ensure all the criteria for the prescription of Medicinal Cannabis is met. Once all information is gathered, the relevant documentation will be submitted for approval with the TGA (Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration). Approval can take from 1-2 weeks.
WHEN WILL I GET THE SCRIPT FOR MEDICINAL CANNABIS AND HOW MUCH WILL I GET PER WEEK?
Once your application to the TGA is approved you will be contacted for a follow up consultation where the appropriate dosage will be prescribed. Dr Iosif will explain your dosage with you and how much to use each week. There is no standard dosage as every patient has different circumstances and requirements, depending on their illness.
To obtain your prescription of Medicinal Cannabis very strict guidelines apply. Scripts can only be processed by authorised Pharmacy’s. Once the script has been written by Dr Iosif he will advise you where you can have it filled.
Pharmacies are not permitted to stock Medicinal Cannabis. You must take in your script and they will process it accordingly then advise you when it is available to collect. Pick-up time frames are usually within a day of processing.
One week after the commencement of the Medicinal Cannabis Medication a follow up appointment will be required to review your treatment.
HOW MUCH WILL THE MEDICINAL CANNABIS COST AND IS IT INCLUDED IN THE CONSULTATION FEE?
The cost for Medicinal Cannabis is not included in your consultation fee and you can expect the costs to be between $4 - $10 per day.
I AM CURRENTLY PRESCRIBED MEDICINAL CANNABIS FROM ANOTHER PRACTICE, CAN I JUST SEE DR IOSIF TO GET A NEW SCRIPT?
As Medicinal Cannabis is a heavily regulated medication, strict guidelines apply and an initial consultation with Dr Iosif will still be required. All relevant paperwork will need to be supplied.
IF DR IOSIF IS UNAVAILABLE AM I ABLE TO SEE ANOTHER GP AT MEDICAL AT NERANG?
Dr Iosif is the only approved GP at Medical at Nerang able to see patients in relation to Medicinal Cannabis.
I HAVE A SORE BACK, WILL I BE APPROVED?
All medical conditions and patients are different. Dr Iosif will comprehensively discuss your medical history with you and advise whether or not your condition makes you a viable candidate for Medicinal Cannabis. At present Medicinal Cannabis is available for patients who have a chronic condition that has been ongoing for more than 3 months and is not responding to standard treatment and medications, or the current treatments have side effects.
For more information please visit the Therapeutic Goods Administration www.tga.gov.au or QLD Health https://www.health.qld.gov.au/public-health/topics/medicinal-cannabis.