Announcement of changes to our billing policy
Main street Medical Centre is changing its billing policy. From 1st of August 2022, the practice will change to Mixed billing practice. We are no longer able to bulk bill all.
Why are we making these changes? The Federal Government has been shrinking Medicare rebates till they now cover only half the cost of a GP consult. Please note that when you attend a doctor you agree for the Medicare rebate to be allocated to your GP which is $39.75 for a normal visit. From this rebate, they must pay room rent, nurse and admin wages, insurance, medical indemnity, power, water, superannuation, Tax, consumables and general overheads. Medicare rebate does not cover the actual costs of providing care, and with rising expenses , the difference is now too large for the GPs and practice to absorb. Our doctors are left with little choice than charging private fees. Without these, the practice is at risk of closing its doors entirely.
Do all patients pay private fee ? We continue to bulk bill :
How can we increase Medicare rebates? We appreciate that out–of-pocket expenses are not welcome news at this time. GPs are calling on the Government to reimburse patients a higher amount for GP services. If you would like to help us to campaign for a better funded system, share your views with our local Federal Member of Parliament. We look forward to continuing to provide you with the best healthcare and appreciate your continued support for our clinic
Why is my GP charging a fee? Please click this link to see details