To our Valued Hazelbrook GP Patients and Community

After much consideration Hazelbrook GP has made the difficult decision that,

As of 1/8/2022 only those patients holding a valid Concession card, Health Care Card or Pension card and children under 16 will be bulk billed.

All other patients will be billed according to the fee schedule set out below.

Consultation type Fee Medicare Rebate Gap Payment
Standard Consultation $65.00 $39.75 $25.25
Long Consultation $100.00 $76.95 $23.05
Prolonged Consultation $135.00 $113.30 $21.70

* Please note that some procedures and specialised services incur different fees and these will be advised when booking

This decision has not been made lightly and comes about due to a number of factors beyond our control.  At HGP we are committed to providing excellent quality clinical care that is thorough, evidence based and offers patients the time that they need with their GP. On top of this we provide afterhours care, home visits and many specialised areas of clinical practice. The current Medicare rebate does not cover the cost of providing a consultation and is in fact half the fee recommended by the Australian Medical Association (AMA)(The formula used by the AMA to recommend consultation fees each year is designed to reflect the true cost pressures facing medical practices). The consultation fee (of which your Medicare rebate forms just a part) covers not only the consultation and your doctors wage but the cost of employing staff, restocking supplies and running a business. Unfortunately, these costs have increased considerably over time without a concomitant increase in the rebate provided by the government.  For this reason, it is simply not viable to continue to provide the quality of care that our patients and community have come to expect without charging a fee.

While this change is necessary, we understand that it may cause concern for some patients and, if this is the case, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with your GP

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OUR REGULAR PRIVATE RATES ARE AS FOLLOWS

Consultation Type Fee Medicare Rebate Gap Payment
Standard Consultation $65.00 $39.75 $25.25
Long Consultation $100.00 $76.95 $23.05
Prolonged Consultation $135.00 $113.30 $21.70

Please note: Some doctor/s charge privately for Mental Health Plans and you could be out of pocket $25.25. Staff will be able to advise the out-of-pocket expense prior to your consultation.

Telehealth and Telephone – Consult Fees

Generally, these consults are bulk billed. To be eligible Medicare requires the patient to at least be seen face to face in the past 12 months, otherwise you will be charged a private fee depending on the time of the consultation which you will not be eligible for a rebate via Medicare.

Billing

Consultation fees vary due to the length and complexity of a consultation and are determined by the GP. Our receptionists will inform patients of charges at the time of booking. Payment is required on the day of the consultation and can be made by cash, EFTPOS, or Credit Card (excluding Diners cards & AMEX).

Bulk Billing is available to pensioners or concession card holders, on presentation of a current Medicare card.

Workers’ compensation patients must provide a claim number each time they present for a consultation. Please note: The initial consultation you will be required to pay privately and seek reimbursement via the insurance company.

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Skin Clinic Consult Fees: Dr Graham Chaffey

Please note: Your payment is required in full at the end of the consultation. We utilise TYRO so your rebate will be reimbursed into your bank account.

Standard Consultations

Consultation Type Fee Medicare Rebate Gap Payment
Brief Consultation $58.20 $18.20 $40.00
Standard Consultation $79.75 $39.75 $40.00
Long Consultation $116.95 $76.95 $40.00
Prolonged Consultation $153.30 $113.30 $40.00

Excisions

Excision Type Fee Medicare Rebate Gap Payment
Punch Biopsy Variable Variable $30.00
Standard Excision Variable Variable $100.00

Fees for Pension or Concession Card Holders

Standard Consultations

Consultation Type Fee Medicare Rebate Gap Payment
Brief Consultation $38.20 $18.20 $20.00
Standard Consultation $59.75 $39.75 $20.00
Long Consultation $96.95 $76.95 $20.00
Prolonged Consultation $133.30 $113.30 $20.00

Excisions

Excision Type Fee Medicare Rebate Gap Payment
Punch Biopsy Variable Variable $00.00
Standard Excision Variable Variable $50.00