Transition to Private Billing
To Our Valued Patients,
We would like to advise that Main Street Doctor is transitioning to Private Billing on weekends only starting 3 September, 2022.
Unfortunately, rising costs of staff wages, medical supplies, insurances and utilities, coupled with the fact that the Government has only increased the standard consultation fee by $4 over the last 9 years, it is financially no longer possible to continue to provide high quality medical service whilst bulk billing all of our patients.
Out-of-pocket fees of $10 for a standard and long consultation applies.
We have kept the out - of - pocket fee to a minimum. Patients are required to pay for their consultation, in full, on the day of the appointment. We will forward the paid invoice to medicare for rebate. The rebate will be paid into your Medicare registered bank account the next working day.
We know that you will have many questions, so we have tried our best to answer below:
1. WHAT IS BULK BILLING?
Bulk billing means that the doctor is paid directly by the Government. The Government sets the price paid to the GP for each consultation.
2. DO WE BULK BILL?
Yes, on weekdays only
3. WHY DON’T WE BULK BILL EVERYTHING?
The Government put a freeze on GP fees for many years. The bulk billing fees are not keeping up with inflation and the rising costs of staff wages, medical supplies, insurance and utilities etc.
We want to attract and keep the very best specialist General Practitioners and maintain a very high quality service. We have been advertising for more GP’s for 2 years, without success, because GP’s want to work in a mixed billing or private billing practice. We value our doctors, and think they are worth more than the Government’s fee.
The team at Main Street Doctors would like to thank you for your understanding and look forward to offering you our excellent medical care for many years to come.
Fees are payable at the time of consultation by cash, credit card or EFTPOS. Accounts are unfortunately not able to be given. Our practice is equipped with HICAPS. These facilities allow the clinic to directly lodge your receipt for Medicare refunds, saving time for patients. Please ask receptionists for any information regarding these rebate options, as well as private fees.
A cancellation fee may apply if you fail to turn up to your appointment or if you do not cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance.