No, generally not. We operate a full-service private clinic with leading clinical staff team members and the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, to ensure patients receive a world-class clinical experience. This service is not possible to run on a bulk-billing model. Therefore, there is a reasonable out-of-pocket expense associated with most consultations and procedures.
If you are a Medicare card holder and wish to claim the Medicare rebate, you will require a valid referral (addressed to your chosen specialist) from either a GP or another specialist to entitle you to claim your Medicare rebate.
Referrals from GP’s and optometrists are valid for 12 months and Specialist referrals are valid for 3 months.
Medicare ineligible patients or patients who do not wish to claim the Medicare rebate do not require a referral to attend our practice and will be billed per our standard rates.
No, you are not necessarily required to have private health insurance to be a patient with one of our specialists. A self-funded patient is someone who doesn’t have Private Health Insurance, therefore simply pays for their own medical treatment upfront. This consists of the specialist’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital’s fee. It is the hospital’s fee which makes up the vast majority of the cost.