Our Fees


At Pear Tree Family Practice we believe quality of care is important.  To address complex or multiple matters you may require a longer appointment.  It is important to the doctors at Pear Tree Family Practice that you have the time to discuss your concerns and health care.  A gap fee facilitates this.

 

The patient rebate from Medicare was frozen from 2014 until 2018 and the most recent increase was below the consumer price index.  This widening gap is explained in the following link from the Australian Medical Association.  The costs of running our private business continue to rise, and your patient Medicare rebate now represents about half of the full cost of your GP care.    The bulk-billing incentive amount is being reduced for patients in the Glenelg area for children and aged pensioners.  We would encourage you to discuss any concerns you have about your Medicare rebate with your Federal Member of Parliament.

 

As private General Practice specialists our policy is that we do not routinely ‘bulk-bill’ and payment in full is required on the day of service. Payments can be made by EFTPOS or Credit Card (VISA/MasterCard). Your Medicare rebate will be transferred to your nominated bank account within 48 hours of your appointment.

 

Fees from 1 May 2019

  • All appointments for discussion of results ONLY (no other matters) will be ‘bulk-billed’ if booked within 2 weeks of test being completed
  • A discounted fee will be charged for the first visit each calendar month for all children and aged pensioners
    • Any further appointments within that month will be ‘bulk-billed’
    • If several children of the same family are seen within the same consultation only one discounted fee will be charged
    • All appointments for vaccination only that are booked with the nurse will continue to be ‘bulk-billed’
  • Gold card holders will be ‘bulk-billed’ for all appointments
  • Children in foster care will be ‘bulk-billed’ for all appointments

Patients who are experiencing financial difficulty are asked to discuss their situation with our receptionists.

Consultation Monday -Friday
8.30am – 5pm
Saturdays DVA Gold Card holders &
 aged care nursing home visits
Children/ aged pensioners
(one discounted fee per calendar month, excluding Saturday appointments)
Standard

(15 minutes)

$79
(Medicare rebate $37.60)
$89
(Medicare rebate $37.60)
Bulk billed $62
(Medicare rebate $37.60)
Long

(30 minutes)

$146
(Medicare rebate $72.80)
$156
(Medicare rebate $72.80)
Bulk billed $123
(Medicare rebate $72.80)

All consultations on Saturday’s will incur a full fee to offset higher staffing costs.

If you are attending with your newborn baby, please apply early for your new Medicare card. Consultations attended without a valid Medicare card will incur the discounted consultation fee.  We ask that this fee is paid on the day of consultation.  You may then claim your rebate via Medicare once you have your valid Medicare card.

 

Procedures (eg. skin excisions, Mirena insertion, Implanon insertion/removal) will incur an additional out of pocket fee to cover consumables. Please speak to our doctors or receptionists to provide an accurate estimate of costs.

Return to Work (Work Cover) consultations will be charged at the gazetted rates.  We ask that accounts are paid in full on the day of consultation.  You may then claim reimbursement via your Return to Work Coordinator.