Consultation Fee Information
Grange Road Medical Services Fee Update – July 2021
To all Grange Road patients,
It is important to us at Grange Road Medical that you know why our billing policy is changing.
Medicare rebates have been frozen for over a decade, while our overheads have steadily increased, (for example equipment, rent, consumables, insurance, staff wages etc). Unfortunately, the GPs and Management are unable to continue to absorb this financial strain.
It’s now become necessary for us to decide between charging a bit more, or having shorter consultations. We much prefer to spend more time with our patients so that we can properly address and maintain our high standards of care.
For Grange Road Medical to continue to maintain our quality services we will reserve bulk billing for care plans and health assessments. This means that patients with chronic disease and complex care needs will receive 4 – 5 bulk billed visits per year.
Children under 13 will now be bulk billed.
Phone consultations from GP for results, will continue to be bulk billed when patients meet the Medicare criteria and whilst funded under the MBS Schedule.
Script requests via telephone will incur a $10 out of pocket fee.
All other consultations will attract a private fee, after which the Medicare refund will appear into your bank account within 24hours.
Health care card holders and pensioners will of course have a heavily discounted fee.
We urge you to forward your feedback to your local federal member or the health minister Greg Hunt via his website https://www.greghunt.com.au/contact
Thank you for understanding as we implement this change.
Management Grange Road Medical
Grange Road Medical is a mixed billing practice. Our Doctors are not bound by set fees within the practice and each doctor is free to charge as they believe appropriate. Fees are based on the length and complexity of consultations.
PAYMENT IS EXPECTED AT THE TIME OF CONSULTATION.
We accept cash, credit cards, cheque and eftpos facilities are available.
- Veteran Affairs patients are able to use their entitlement cards.
- Pensioners and Health Care Card holders will be offered a discount - proof ls required.
- Children 13 years and under will be bulk billed.
- Billing Private billing Practice with Medicare online claiming available.
- Immunisation Clinics and the Friday Ante-natal Clinic will continue to be bulk billed.
- Workers Compensation claims are accepted.
Standard consult fees: -
Monday to Friday
3 – Brief Consult
23 – Standard Consult
36 – Long Consult
After Hours and weekend rates will incur a slightly higher fee.
Please advise our staff of the nature of the visit. Details of all fees are available on request. Should you have a problem with the payment of an account, please discuss this with either your doctor or our practice manager. We are always willing to take individual circumstances into consideration.