FEE INCREASE FROM 1st DECEMBER, 2022
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Due to the rising costs of providing healthcare and the government’s continued lack of support to the Medicare system and in order to continue to provide a high quality healthcare service, our fees will increase
effective from 1st December, 2022.
From 1st December, most services at Swan Hill Medical Group will
incur an out of pocket charge.
Medicare rebates are processed at the time of payment
via our Tyro EFTPOS terminals.
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On 5 October, 2022 the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners [RACGP] held a Crisis Summit with Government in Canberra to address the myriad of problems facing general practice.
The focus of the summit was on the three key areas: funding, workforce and data governance. The RACGP called for an immediate and substantial increase in Medicare patient rebates.
In spite of this, there was no increase to Medicare funding in the budget handed down this week (25/10/2022).
The focus of government support to general practice was by way of the funding of 50 Urgent Care Clinics to be rolled out across NSW and Victoria.
What chance that Swan Hill will benefit from this, given we are not in a marginal seat?
Due to the rising costs of providing healthcare and the government’s continued lack of support to the Medicare system we will be increasing our fees effective from 1st December, 2022. From that date, most services at Swan Hill Medical Group will incur an out of pocket charge.
Medicare rebates are processed at the time of payment via our Tyro EFTPOS terminals.
Telephone consult - Short
Telephone consult - Standard
We are a Private Billing Practice. Most services will incur out of pocket costs.
Fees are payable at the time of consultation by cash, MasterCard, Visa, EFTPOS or Cheque. Veterans may sign the service voucher.
An administration charge of $11.00 will apply to any account not settled within 7 days.
Instant Medicare rebates will be processed at the time of payment.
When will we take a deposit?
A deposit will be taken at the time of booking for all telehealth / telephone consultations. An invoice will be raised after the consultation and the deposit applied and sent to Medicare claims.
Who will we Direct Bill to Medicare?
From 1st December, 2022 we will only accept the Medicare fee for service (direct bill) Veterans and patients over 85 years of age.
Who is eligible for the Low Income / Concession rate?
Pensioner, Health Care and Seniors Card Holders
Children under 16 years old