Fees

FEES RATIONALE

We try and keep fees unchanged to allow our clients to maintain control of what they spend and budget what they can afford. We are open and transparent in our fees although admittedly Medicare-based fee structures are always complicated and difficult to summarise.

HERBAL PRODUCTS

We facilitate the purchase of herbal products and supplements by keeping a small supply of products for our clients. Ask Reception for more information.

We are a mixed-billing service.

Most Doctors (but not all) here, and a few of the Allied Health Practitioners, bulk-bill children below the age of 16 and Indigenous people who sign up with our practice (under the Closing the Gap program or CTG). Health care card/pension holders will be charged full fees or a discounted fee at the discretion of the Doctor/Practitioner. THERE IS NO BULK-BILLING ON SATURDAYS.
Please ask reception regarding billing policies for each individual practitioner.
Other consultations, like reviews of blood and imaging results, may also be bulk-billed at the Doctor’s discretion but only when these are face to face and not over the phone/email.
Specific items like investigations, procedures, etc., are billed based on Medicare schedules, with no gap payments.
When a Medicare item is added to a normal consultation (ECG, Spirometry, Nurse care-plan reviews, ABI, etc.), expect to have to pay a higher amount at the counter, but please note that as a rule all items as above are covered entirely by Medicare, which means you get back whatever extra you have paid and will be out of pocket only for about 30-45 dollars (with only 1 or 2 exceptions) no matter how much you are charged at the front desk.

As an example, say you have booked a regular 15 minutes consultation with your Doctor. The 3 complaints you are suffering with have required the Doctor to carry out a detailed physical examination and the consultation has lasted 30 minutes. The Doctor has then asked for an ECG and the Nurse has carried out a quick care-plan review and may have checked your BP and your weight.
At the counter you expected to pay $77 (knowing you will get back around $37 from Medicare) but the Receptionist shocks you with a charge of over $ 155.00.
What has happened is that the Doctor has charged you for a long consultation ($115.00), the Nurse has added around $30 dollars for the ECG and $10.00 for the care-plan review.
After you pay the total amount, though, you realise your Medicare rebate is now much higher than expected and instead of receiving back around $37, you now get back $110.00.
The end result is that when you go home you realise you are only out of pocket for around $45.00, which is what you had expected to have to pay when you first came in!
How good is that?!?

Please note:

Psychotherapy, Psychology, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy and other Allied Health consultations attract a Medicare rebate only when part of a care-plan.

Employment, driving and other medicals are paid in full. They cannot be submitted to Medicare.

Payment is required at the time of consultation. For your convenience, we accept cash, cheques, credit cards (VISA and MasterCard) and EFTPOS.
Multiple services incur additional charges.
Late cancellation fees and missed appointments fees of $30.00 are linked to most of our services, inquire with Reception for details
Cancellations for Doctors acceptable on previous session.
Cancellations for all other practitioners have to reach us the day before the appointment or cancellation fee applies.

We are a mixed-billing service.

Most (but not all) Doctors bulk-bill children up to 16.

Indigenous people who sign up as regular patients of this practice are bulkbilled by all GPs.

Other consultations, like review of blood and imaging results, may be bulk-billed at the Doctor’s discretion.

Specific items like investigations, procedures, etc., are billed based on Medicare schedules.

All other patients attending Health & Wellbeing North Ward are billed at the following rates:

Consultation Normal Fee Discount Medicare refunds
General Practitioners
Short Consultation, item 3, always bulkbilled $16.95 bulkbilled $16.95
Standard Consultation, item 23 (up to 15 minutes) $77.10 $57.10 $37.05
Long Consultation, item 36 (20 to 40 minutes) $115.00 $95.00 $71.70
Prolonged Consultation, item 44 (above 40 minutes) $145.60 $125.60 $105.55
Mental Health Plan $131.10 $111.10 $91.05
Long Mental Health Plan (over 20 minutes) $174.10 $154.10 $134.10
Mental Health Plan review $111.70 bulkbilled $71.70
Flu needle $15.00
Excisions/Procedures Varies Varies Varies
Phone referral/investigation form re-print request $15.00 $15.00 $0.00
Phone script request $10.00 $10.00 $0.00
Ear Syringing $10.00 $10.00 $0.00
Specialists
Orthopaedic Specialist Dr R Edwards – First visit $150.00 $150.00 $72.75
Orthopaedic Specialist Dr R Edwards – Subsequent visits $70.00 $70.00 $36.55
Allied Health
Psychotherapy sessions $120.00 $70.00 $52.95 Medicare rebate applies only if referred by a Doctor under a plan
Psychology sessions (Karl) $120.00 $94.80 $84.80
Dietitian, First visit $80.00 bulkbilled $52.95
Dietitian, Subsequent visit $70.00 bulkbilled $52.95
Podiatry sessions (Mayumi) – First visit $80.00 bulkbilled $52.95
Podiatry sessions (Mayumi) – Subsequent visits $65.00 bulkbilled $52.95
OT Mental Health(Helen) $110.00 bulkbilled $74.80
Indigenous Health Worker (Regina) $52.95 bulkbilled $52.95
  • Psychotherapy, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology and other Allied Health consultations attract a Medicare rebate only when part of a careplan.
  • Employment, driving and other medicals are paid in full. They cannot be submitted to Medicare.
  • Payment is required at the time of consultation. For your convenience, we accept cash, cheques, credit cards (VISA and MasterCard) and EFTPOS.
  • Multiple services incur additional charges.
  • Late cancellation fees and missed appointments fees of $30.00 are linked to most of our services, inquire with Reception for details
  • Cancellations for Doctors acceptable on previous session
  • Cancellations for all other practitioners have to reach us the day before the appointment or cancellation fee applies.