This practice has traditionally accepted the patient’s Medicare rebate as payment (known as bulk-billing) for consultations provided to pensioners, concession card holders and children 15 years and under (at the discretion of the doctor)
For bulk-billed patients, the amount paid by Medicare is significantly less than the true cost to deliver the service and it undervalues the significant training and skills of our doctors, nurses and administration staff.
The Government, particularly over the last ten years, has not funded General Practice and primary health care to the levels required for us to continue to deliver quality health care. It is only by increasing our fees and relying on full fee-paying patients, that we can continue to remain privately owned and independent, attract excellent doctors, and continue to deliver a high standard of health care to our patients.
To maintain our standards, we have made the decision to introduce discounted fees which will apply to all pensioners and concession card holders. We charge consultation fees for these patients for face-to-face and telephone consultations.
TELEHEALTH PHONE/VIDEO APPOINTMENTS:
Private Fees apply to Telehealth Appointments and billing is at the discretion of the doctor. For more information, please speak to one of our staff members.
PLEASE NOTE: Medicare rebates are only available for telehealth consultations that occur within 12 months of a face-to-face consultation at the clinic.
Privately billed telehealth appointments with NO MEDICARE REBATE are available for NEW PATIENTS and for patients who have not attended the clinic for a face-to-face appointment in the last 12 months. If you would like further information, please ask our staff.
You will be required to pay the fee in full, and we will then submit the claim to Medicare, on your behalf, at the same time. Medicare pays the rebate amount for your consultation to the bank account you have linked with Medicare within 24 hours, leaving you out of pocket for the difference.
Some doctors will bulk bill children 15 years of age and under and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with a current NCACCH card. Please ask our staff for fees when booking your appointments.
If you are suffering financial hardship, you should discuss this with your doctor during your consultation. Our tenant doctors are able to use their discretion regarding fees.
Please Note: The above fees apply to consultations for concession card holders. Please refer to the fee list below for our standard consultation fees.
Monday – Saturday (Rebate $18.95) $ 65
Monday – Saturday (Rebate $41.40) $ 90
Monday – Saturday (Rebate $80.10) $130
Monday – Saturday (Rebate $118.00) $170
Monday – Saturday (Rebate $18.95) $ 40
Monday – Saturday (Rebate $41.40) $ 65
Monday – Saturday (Rebate $80.10) $105
Monday – Saturday (Rebate $118.00) $145
Non-Attendance Fee $50
We are a private billing practice.
We have a reduced fee for pensioners and other concession card holders.
The above fees are for standard consultations only. If you require additional treatment, including (but not limited to) dressings, iron infusion, minor surgery, laceration repair, venesection, plastering etc, our staff will be happy to provide you with an estimate of fees.
Payment is required at the time of service.
Payment can be made by EFTPOS or cash
Australian Medical Association’s Recommended Fees
Our fees are below the Australian Medical Association’s recommended fees. The AMA reviews these fees each year and publishes a schedule of what it considers to be the reasonable costs of providing a quality GP service.
At Nambour, Woombye and Palmwoods Clinics, our fees cover the cost of providing you with a high-quality healthcare service, practice nurses and reception staff who are committed to ongoing professional development. They also cover the provision of a purpose-built medical facility, as well as accreditation costs, medical equipment & consumables, rent, insurances, utilities, IT systems, and an integrated suite of comprehensive patient communications.
Payment and Medicare Rebates
Payment of consultation fees is payable at time of consultation, accounts will not be issued. For your convenience, we can immediately submit your Medicare claim, saving you the hassle of a separate claims process. A family can register for the Medicare safety net and may be eligible to reclaim some gap fees.
Potential for Out-of-Pocket Costs
There is a potential for out-of-pocket costs related for referred services such as pathology, imaging, allied health and specialist care.
To make informed decisions regarding your healthcare, please contact the health provider you have been referred to, for further information regarding their fees and potential expenses.
The Medicare System and Indexation of Rebates
Many people are under the misconception that Medicare provides a right to free GP services in Australia, however, Medicare is simply a government funded health insurance subsidy scheme. Some medical practices choose to accept the scheduled Medicare rebate as full payment for their services, known as ‘bulk billing’. However, these rebates often do not cover the full cost of delivering a high-quality health service. The Government’s indexation of Medicare rebates has also not kept pace with CPI, which is placing unsustainable pressure on general medical practices.
Click here to view a graph showing the ever-widening gap between CPI and the Medicare rebate.
AWE (Average Weekly Earnings) and CPI (Consumer Price Index) increase each year. Practice costs rise by the same amount. Government’s indexation of Medicare rebates has never kept pace with the rising cost of medical practice. This is why your Medicare rebate is worth less every year. Concerned? Talk to your local Federal MP.