As you may be aware from the news, general practice is going through a rough time due to rising practice costs and stagnant Medicare rebates. There’s an increasing trend that many general practices have become, or will become, financially unviable and consequently have to close doors.
In order to keep our doors open and keep on looking after patients, we’ve come to the difficult conclusion that our private fees policy must be adhered to more strongly and consistently.
Private fees will be charged for all consultations except for pensioners and children under 16 years of age. The out of pocket expense of each consultation will range between $40 to $80 depending on the length of consultation.
Private fees will apply to all consultations on weekdays after 5:30pm, and on Saturday.
Private fees must be paid at the time of each consultation.
Acceptable methods of payment include cash, EFTPOS and credit cards (VISA and Master).
To qualify for medicare rebates, you need to have seen a doctor here face to face within the last 12 months.
If you have seen a doctor here face to face in the last 12 months, and qualify for concession (ie. if you have a pension / HCC / DVA gold card, or for children under 16 y.o.), you will be bulk-billed for in hours consultations.
Private fees applies to all non-concessional telehealth consults.
+ extra $4 for afterhours consults (weekdays after 5:30pm or Saturday)
Please be aware that some consultations and procedures are not covered by Medicare and will not attract a Medicare rebate. These include:
Billings for these items will be time-based and extended appointments are usually required.