Billing Policy from 1st July 2022
Over the past 2 years, costs to run Medical services have increased considerably. Medicare rebates have not increased in line with inflation and were frozen for 5 years. Till now we have been absorbing the costs, however with the recent increases, in order to keep the service sustainable and still be able to maintain high standards of care, we have taken the decision to change.
Both our practices are now part private billing.
All patients who do not have a healthcare card or pension card will pay $30 out of pocket fee for their consults ( Reduced out of pocket fee of $20 for under 12s & over 65s who do not have HCC/pension card )
Bulk billing will continue to be available for:
Healthcare card & pension card holders between 9-5pm Mon – Fri ( non urgent appointment slots only )
Covid & Flu vaccine appointments
Appointments for chronic health care plan preparations
Private out of pocket charges are also applicable to
Same day urgent appointments
PLEASE DO NOT ASK TO BE BULK BILLED and follow our practice policies.
We thank you for your understanding and aim to continue delivering a good quality standard of care.
If you would like to move your records due to our changed Billing Policy, we are happy to transfer your records to a practice of your liking without an extra admin fee ( $10 charges applicable for postage & Disc etc valid till 31st Oct 2022 )
Medicare Rebate information:
Patient Medicare rebate for general practice was frozen from 2014 until 2018 and the most recent increase was below the consumer price index. The costs of running our clinics continue to rise, and your Medicare Rebate now only represents approx. half of the full cost of your GP care. To keep our clinics running and offer you a good service, we have introduced charges & expect you to pay in full at the time of consult.
Please do not ask to be bulkbilled.
If you have any concerns regarding your Medicare Rebate it would be beneficial for everyone if you could please raise this with your local Federal Member of Parliament.