From 1 July 2022 all patients will be charged a fee for consultations. For Pension-Card holders, who have previously been bulk-billed, this will be new.
Pension Card Holders will be charged a reduced fee of $75.
The amount Medicare pays for a bulk-billed consultation is currently around half our standard fee rate. Increases to the Medicare bulk-bill payment have fallen well behind inflation for many years, while the costs of providing quality medical care have risen sharply.
The fee for your consultation goes toward the running of the entire clinic, including the wages of nursing staff and reception staff, rental, utilities, medical consumables, maintenance, accreditation, insurances, and cleaning. We cannot provide a safe and high quality medical service without paying for these things, and we are no longer able to absorb the increasing costs.
What are the fees?
Pensioners and Health Care card holders will be charged a reduced fee.
What services are still bulk-billed?
Visits with the nurse for vaccinations (infant, childhood schedule, flu and covid vaccines) are all bulk-billed.
Department Of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Card holders will be bulk-billed.
I have ongoing medical problems and visit the doctor regularly. How can I reduce my costs?
If you have a chronic illness, ask your Doctor for a GP Management Plan. This will allow a number of your visits per year to be bulk-billed.