Letter to Patients About Increased Medical Fees

Today Medicare rebates do not cover full cost of providing you with medical care. This is because the rate at which successive governments have indexed the Medical Schedule fees has been substantially lower than increases in the Consumer Price Index(CPI) and average weakly earnings.

The reality is that the Medicare rebates do not cover the cost of providing you with the safe and high quality service. The fees charged by this practice have to cover all the practice costs including employing receptionists and practice nurses, and meeting our operating expenses such as rent, medical equipment, electricity, computers and insurance.

The Government has announced it will not be indexing the Medicare Schedule fees this year. Medicare rebates have been frozen since 1 July 2014 and will not be increased until 1 July 2020.

It is not possible for this practice to meet our running costs each year without increasing our fees. The Medicare rebate freeze means that this practice is no longer able to bulk bill NON Health Care Card patients. This has been our policy for some years, however, we will need to apply this more rigorously in future.

We will continue to bulk bill Pensioners, Health Care Card holders and children under 16 years. This may not apply to skin checks and other specialised services.

Our fees from 1st November, 2019 will be:

Consultation Type Fee Medicare Rebate Gap Payment
Standard Consultation (Level B) $65.00 $38.20 $26.80
Long Consultation (Level C) $100.00 $73.95 $26.05
Prolonged Consultation (Level D) $135.00 $108.85 $26.15