UPDATE ON TELEHEALTH FROM PEAR TREE.
As of the 1st of October, all TeleHealth appointments will incur a practice fee with the Medicare scheduled rebate coming back to you. For all TeleHealth booked online, you will be asked to provide your card details for payment, for appointments booked via phone our friendly receptionists will take pre-payment. After your appointment all payments will be processed to medicare and your rebate will come back to you via your nominated bank account (usually within 2-48 hours).
As with previous TeleHealth to be eligible for the Medicare Rebate you MUST have seen a GP face-to-face in the clinic in the previous 12 months, exception of children under 12 months of age. If you do not meet this criteria for TeleHealth, 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.
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.
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 01 October 2020
From 01 October 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
Patients who are experiencing financial difficulty are asked to discuss their situation with their doctor or our friendly receptionists.
8.30am – 5pm
|Saturdays||DVA Gold Card holders||
Children <16 years & aged pensioners
(Medicare rebate $38.75)
(Medicare rebate $38.75)
(Medicare rebate $75.05)
(Medicare rebate $75.05)
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.
TeleHealth We are committed to providing our patients with ease of access to high-quality medical care. Medicare rebates for TeleHealth (for those eligible) apply until the end of March 2021. Pear Tree will continue to offer TeleHealth beyond this date, but a private fee may apply.
All TeleHealth is billed at the same fee as face-to-face consultations (see above for fees). All TeleHealth booked online will prompt you to pay with your bank card prior to your appointment, all appointments booked via phone will require pre-payment processed by our friendly receptionists. After your appointment the claim will be processed with Medicare and you will recieve the Medicare Rebate via your nominated account.
National Immunisation Program & Private Vaccinations Pear Tree will be providing childhood vaccinations and private vaccinations as a nurse led immunisation service. 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. Vaccination clinics will be held three days per week and will incur a $35 non-Medicare rebate-able fee.
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.