Kotara Family Practice is a private-billing practice. However, we do bulk bill some services, such as childhood immunisations and chronic disease management plans. Fee discounts are available for pensioners and anyone holding a Centrelink Health Care Card. Bulk Billing is also available, at doctor discretion, to any patients who are experiencing a time of significant financial difficulty. Patients holding a DVA Gold Card are always bulk-billed.
All privately billed consultations receive a rebate from Medicare. We are able to arrange for this rebate to be deposited immediately into your nominated bank account upon full payment of your consultation fee. If you pay privately, your out-of-pocket cost after receiving your Medicare rebate will be around $30 -$40 for most consultations and around $40-$50 for a long consultation.
Private Billing vs Bulk-Billing
At Kotara Family Practice the quality care that you receive is a product of the dedication and expertise of our staff and a modern, well-equipped facility. Unfortunately, the reality today is that Medicare bulk-billing rebates no longer cover the cost of providing high quality care. The costs associated with running a practice increase every year (staff wages, practice rent, cost of specialised equipment, resources and computers, electricity, water, insurances and so on), but the Medicare return to practices has changed very little over the last 10 years and, in fact, some rebates have been reduced or cut altogether, making it very difficult to sustain a quality practice on bulk-bill fees alone. For this reason, we are a Private Billing practice although there are many services offered by our GPs and nurses which are bulk-billed (see "Bulk-Billed Services" below).
Your Medicare Refund
All face-to-face consultations attract a Medicare rebate, meaning that you will receive a refund from Medicare for part of your up-front payment, significantly reducing your out-of-pocket cost. We can arrange for your rebate to be directly deposited into your nominated bank account immediately following payment of your consultation fee. Our reception staff will be able to assist you with this. Alternatively, you can take your payment receipt to any Medicare office to receive your refund in person.
Nurse Practitioner Services
Our professional and highly-trained Nurse Practitioners are a crucial part of our health care team. Some services provided by our Nurse Practitioners attract a private fee. However, you will be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate for these services, just like you would with your doctor.
Pensioners, DVA Card Holders and Health Care Card Holders
If you hold a valid Pension Card or Centrelink Health Care Card you will be eligible for a discount on all consultations. DVA Gold Card holders are bulk-billed for all services.
Medicare will only provide a rebate for services performed by your GP or Nurse as part of a face-to-face consultation. A non-rebatable private fee applies for any services you request your clinician to perform without your attendance at a consultation (such as providing a script, referral or completing a form).
Our practice prefers all consultations to be paid for on-the-day. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS, or credit card (Visa & Master Card). Direct bank transfer can also be arranged on request.
Our practice fee schedule is available at the reception counter. Please ask if you would like a copy.
Bulk Billed Services
Although we are generally a private billing practice, many services we provide are Bulk-Billed, that is they are provided at NO COST to you. Services which are generally bulk-billed include:
- Childhood Immunisations
- Chronic disease management plans
- annual Senior Health assessments (75 years and over)
- Home Medication Management Reviews
- annual Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Checks for all age groups
- 45-49 year old health checks for patients at-risk of chronic disease