We are a privately owned practice which charges a gap fee, payable on the day of the appointment, other than in the circumstances noted below.
Most Australian practices are under financial stress: Medicare rebates have been frozen for years and there is ongoing anxiety regarding the impact of the fixed/capped Medicare funding due in 2019 – the federal government’s so-called “Health Care Homes” are analogous to the longstanding “US Managed Care” model.
Despite government funding concerns we maintain bulk-billing (“free care”) for all children aged 15 and under, Health Care Card Holders and Pensioners. This applies to most services except certain higher cost ones including skin excisions and dressings.
In addition, full-time students, seniors or those experiencing financial hardship may also receive “free” services - talk to your doctor for more information.
Please note that a Seniors Card is not a concessional card and does not guarantee bulk billing.
For others we often charge a gap fee and payment is required at the time of your consultation. We offer a $10 discount for full fee payment on the day of consultation and our systems allow your Medicare benefit portion to be quickly refunded directly back into your bank account. Saturday clinics attract an additional $10 charge to the fees applicable on weekdays.
The fees applicable for consultations for all ReturnToWorkSA and third party claims (including motor vehicles accidents) must be paid on the day. In the case of ReturnToWorkSA consultations this is regardless of whether or not the patient has a claim number.
If patients receive a referral from their GP to attend a specialist appointment or procedures such as x-rays, CT scan or MRI, we advise they call the provider’s rooms for details of any out of pocket expenses that may be payable on the day of their appointment.