PRACTICE FEES

BILLING POLICY

Doctors@Bayside opened its doors in 2016 as the most cost-effective medical centre in Sandringham. We have worked extremely hard over the years to provide and maintain an excellent primary care service. We would like to thank all our team for their hard work, and also take this opportunity to thank our patients for their continued support and appreciation for the services that we provide.

Despite our best efforts, continuous increase in running costs and the economical impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the business not being able to survive on Medicare rebates alone.

We have therefore decided to move to a private billing clinic structure, which means that Medicare only covers part of the cost to see the doctors and nurses, and there will be a very modest gap payment that you will need to make after your consult. We will continue to strive to keep our fees lower than the majority of GP clinics in the local area (apart from fully bulk billing clinics ).

This modest increase in fees will allow us to continue to provide a high quality medical service for many more years to come.

Please note, we are still very committed towards our ethos of providing a primary care service that is both affordable and of extremely high quality. We will continue to BULK BILL the children in our community and patients over the age of 65. A full summary of our fee schedule, and further details regarding our bulk billed services can be found below.

We thank you again for your support, and hope that you feel the care you and your family receive at our clinic is worth the additional cost.

BULK BILLING

We offer bulk billing for:

  • Children 19 years and under (Monday – Friday only, fees will apply on Saturdays, as per practice fees table below).
  • Adults 65 years and over
  • Mental health consults, including mental healthcare plans
  • All routine repeat prescriptions and referral renewals. Normal fees as per fee schedule will apply if additional issues are discussed.
  • Enhanced primary care plan / Care planning
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders

PRACTICE FEES

ConsultationFeeMedicare RebateGap (out of pocket)
 Standard Consult (Less than 20 minutes – including via Phone)$60.00$39.10$20.90
Long Consult (20 to 39 minutes)$110.00$75.75$34.25
Extended Consult (40 minutes or more)$160.00$111.50$48.50

FEES FOR PROCEDURES / NON-STANDARD CONSULTATIONS

Consultation TypeFees
Minor Surgical Procedure (simple laceration repair / suturing / etc)Fee is time based as per consult fees, plus $70 gap fee for consumables
All other surgical procedures (skin excisions etc)Fees and rebate vary depending on what is excised and the size, plus $120 gap fee for consumables
Punch BiopsyFees and rebate vary depending on the type of biopsy, plus $60 gap fee for consumables
Implanon InsertionGap fee of $60 applies, in addition to Medicare rebatable fees
Implanon RemovalGap Fee of $60 applies, in addition to Medicare rebatable fees
Implanon Replacement (removal and insertion)Gap fee of $110 applies, in addition to Medicare rebatable fees
Cervical ScreeningFee is time based as per consult fees, plus $45 gap fee
Full Body Skin CheckFee is time based as per consult fees, plus $35 gap fee
Ear Irrigation / SyringeFee is time based as per consult fees, plus $50 gap fee
Wound DressingsFees vary, depending on type of dressing used. Please speak to reception.

PAYMENT

  • ​All fees must be paid following your consultation
  • Payment by EFTPOS or credit card will be preferred to cash payments

MEDICARE REBATE

We can submit your medicare claim at the time of payment and the rebate will be deposited directly into your account by Medicare.

  • you will need an up to date medicare card and have your bank account details registered with Medicare.

If this is not possible, we will provide you with an invoice and a claim for the rebate can be submitted by you directly to Medicare.

TAC/WORKCOVER

These consults are payable on the day of your appointment. An invoice will be provided by us, and you will need to submit the claim directly to TAC/ Workcover.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Procedures and non-Medicare rebatable services will attract additional fees at all times. The fee schedule above are indicative of what the majority of our Doctors bill at the surgery. Individual Doctors may also bill at slightly different rates. Please discuss this with your Doctor. Further information can also be obtained from our reception staff.