Effective 1st July, we have increased our fees so we can continue to provide you with quality care. We will continue to bulk bill children under the age of 16.
We are a privately billing practice but we are often asked why we don’t bulk bill. When doctors bulkbill, patients often believe the practice will receive the same amount of money for the service, just from a different source. This, unfortunately, is not the case. When a patient is bulkbilled, the practice ONLY receives the current Medicare rebate for that contact. This means the practice is receiving approximately $40 less than it should be, and we cannot remain viable if we continue to do this. Unlike the public hospital system, the government doesn’t pay for our staff wages, rent, medical equipment, computers and printers, furniture, insurance, vaccination fridges, electricity bills, dressings and many more practice expenses. The out of pocket gap payment helps cover these costs.
We choose to book appointments at 15 minute intervals. We feel this provides a good opportunity to provide comprehensive, holistic care, allowing us to maintain a close relationship with you and your family. This is a very different model of general practice to the bulk billing medical centres, which rely on quicker appointments and higher throughput to survive.
We look forward to continuing to care for your health needs 😀