Fees

We have introduced a concession fee of $53.00 for a standard consultation for patients with a Health Care Card who are not receiving a Full Aged Pension or Full Disability Support Pension. After the Medicare Rebate of $38.20, there will be a gap of $14.80 for you to pay. If you have difficulty paying this out of pocket expense, please discuss with your doctor.

We continue to offer Bulk billing to all people with a Full Aged Pension or a Full Disability Support Pension.

Your doctor will usually offer a reduced fee to people on a low income and full time students, or may continue to offer Bulk Billing, please discuss with your doctor.

We encourage you to see your usual doctor. If seeing another doctor when your usual doctor is unavailable, we recommend that you ask about the billing policy of the other doctor prior to your consultation.

Standard Consultation Medicare Rebate Gap
Private Fee               $85.00         $38.20 $46.80
Concession Fee        $53.00         $38.20 $14.80
Long Consultation Medicare Rebate Gap
Private Fee               $130.00         $73.95 $56.05
Concession Fee        $102.00         $73.95 $28.05

Fees for other services are available on request

Repeat Scripts

Scripts may be written without a consultation when, you have been seen in the last 6 months and the same medication has been previously prescribed. Otherwise, you will need to make an appointment for a medical review.

  • Urgent scripts (required within 48 hrs) $22.00
  • Non urgent scripts (required after 48hrs) $12.00

Repeat Referrals

Referrals may be written without a consultation when, you have been seen in the last 6 months and the same referral has been previously written. Your usual doctor may prefer for you to make an appointment to see them for this, please speak to reception and they will follow up on your behalf.

  • Urgent referral (required same day) $22.00
  • Non urgent referrals $12.00

Appointments

A standard consultation is 10 – 15 minutes, please consider the amount of time you may need for an appointment. If you require a pap smear, new mental health plan or review or have complex/multiple matters, please request a 30 minute appointment.

Consultations may incur additional fees such as pregnancy tests, vaccines and some procedures (removal of skin lesion and implanon). Please speak to your doctor or receptionist for further details.

We provide a service on Saturdays between 9.00am and 12.30pm for patients who are unable to attend during the week. All consultations on Saturdays will be privately billed. Please speak to reception or your usual doctor for any further queries.

Appointments not kept or cancelled at short notice will be charged a fee of $30.00.

MENTAL HEALTH PLANS

If you have a mental health problem that qualifies you for a Mental Health Plan and wish to claim a Medicare rebate for seeing a psychologist, you will need to make a 30 minute appointment with your usual GP before you see the psychologist.

At your consultation, your usual GP will undertake an assessment, prepare a Mental Health Plan and provide a referral to a psychologist.

Assessment
⦁ Record your consent for preparing a Mental Health Plan.
⦁ Take a relevant biological, psychological and social history, including the presenting complaint.
⦁ Ensure that you have a mental health disorder that would benefit from psychological treatment. A mental health disorder is a clinically diagnosable disorder that significantly interferes with your cognitive, emotional or social abilities.
⦁ Conduct a mental state examination.
⦁ Assess associated risk and any co-morbidity.
⦁ Make a diagnosis or formulation.
⦁ Administer an outcome measurement tool if appropriate.

Preparation of Mental Health Plan
⦁ Discuss the assessment with you.
⦁ Discuss appropriate treatments and referral options.
⦁ Agree on goals of treatment and what actions you will need to take.
⦁ Provide psycho-education.
⦁ Plan for crisis intervention and relapse prevention, if appropriate.
⦁ Arrange review and follow-up.
Once the Mental Health Plan is completed, you can claim a Medicare rebate for 6 sessions with your psychologist. If you decide to continue to see the psychologist you will need to make an appointment with your usual GP for a Mental Health Plan Review. A standard 15 minute appointment is required for a review. You are able to claim a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. If you choose to see your psychologist for more than 10 sessions per calendar year, you will need to be prepared to pay the full cost yourself, although you may be able to claim a rebate from your Private Health Insurance fund.

Mental Health Plan Review
Your usual GP will:
⦁ Record your consent for preparing a Mental Health Plan Review.
⦁ Review your progress against the goals outlined in the Mental Health Plan.
⦁ Check, reinforce and expand on psycho-education.
⦁ Plan for crisis intervention and relapse prevention, if appropriate.
⦁ Re-administer an outcome measurement tool if appropriate.

Costs
Mental Health Plan 20+ minutes.
Item 2715 $156.00 Medicare rebate $92.50

Mental Health Plan 40+ minutes.
Item 2717 $200.00 Medicare rebate $136.25

Mental Health Plan Review.
Item 2712 $137.00 Medicare rebate $72.85