Our Fees


COVID-19

UPDATE ON TELEHEALTH FROM PEAR TREE.

As of October 1st 2020 all TeleHealth appointments will incur our usual practice fees with the Medicare Rebate coming back to your Medicare nominated bank account (usually within 2-48 hours). When booking a Telehealth appointment online you will be asked to provide your card details for payment, and for bookings via phone our friendly receptionists will take your details so we can take payment automatically after your appointment. Card details entered into our system are encrypted, and none are kept on file after you appointment.

As with previous TeleHealth appointments, in order to be eligible for the Medicare Rebate you MUST have seen a GP face-to-face in the clinic in the last 12 months, with the exception of children under 12 months of age. If you do not meet this criteria then you will incur a full fee, and no Medicare rebate will apply.

Face to face consultations and procedures (eg skin lesion removal, Implanon or Mirena insertion/removal) will be charged at our usual private fees.

We ask that Return to Work accounts be paid in full and claimed via your Return to Work Coordinator, as is our usual practice.

 


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.

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), and your Medicare rebate will be transferred to your nominated bank account within 48 hours of your appointment.

 

Fees as of October 1st 2020

Each consultation will be charged a flat fee, including TeleHealth, results, and childhood vaccinations.

  • Gold card holders will be ‘bulk-billed’ for all appointments
  • Children in foster care will be ‘bulk-billed’ for all appointments

If you are experiencing financial difficulty we encourage you to discuss your situation with your doctor or our friendly receptionists.

Consultation Monday -Friday
8.30am – 5pm
Saturdays DVA Gold Card holders 

Children <16 years & aged pensioners
(standard fee excluding Saturday appointments)

Standard

 

(15 minutes)

$79
(Medicare rebate $38.75)
$89
(Medicare rebate $38.75)
Bulk billed

$62
(Medicare rebate $38.75)

Long

 

(30 minutes)

$146
(Medicare rebate $75.05)
$156
(Medicare rebate $75.05)
Bulk billed

$123
(Medicare rebate $75.05)

All consultations on Saturdays 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.

 

Telehealth: Please see update information at the top of the page.

National Immunisation Program & Private Vaccinations: Pear Tree provides childhood vaccinations and private vaccinations as a nurse led immunisation service. Vaccination clinics are held three days per week and will incur a $35 non-Medicare Rebate-able fee. Our registered nurse, Bridget King, has additional training in vaccination and is a highly skilled vaccination provider.  At this appointment Bridget will complete an age-appropriate growth check and developmental screen.  Any issues identified will be referred to our doctors in a timely manner.

Procedures: Any procedure such as 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: The appointments will be charged at the gazetted rates, and we ask that accounts are paid in full on the day of consultation.  You may then claim reimbursement via your Return to Work Coordinator.

 

Medicare Rebate Information

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 has been 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.