Medical Fees

Usual Clinic Fees remain unchanged in 2020, with no price increase.  Our concessional fee structure has been adjusted to reflect the impact of Medicare rebates for general practice.

From January 2020, the Medicare bulk-billing incentive in outer metro areas will be reduced from about $10 to about $6 per patient, per visit.  This is on a background of a freeze in Medicare rebates (started by Labor and continued by the Coalition) from 2013 to 2017.  In light of these twin effects, the doctors of East Ringwood Clinic have been forced to review our concessional fee structure.

We continue to provide concessional fees to children, pensioners, HCC holders and DVA card holders.  Out of pocket costs, where present, reflect the reality of running a high-quality medical centre.  Please note that out of pocket costs can be minimised by utilising Care Plans and the Extended Medicare Safety Net (as detailed below).

Usual Clinic Fee

Service Fee
Standard Consultation (up to 15min) $78
Long consultation (up to 30 min) $135
Care Plan / Health Assessment Bulk Billed
Other Services Ask

 

  • Payment in full is requested at the time of consultation (including Work Cover).  Medicare Easyclaim is available to process Medicare rebates at the time of payment.
  • Health Practitioners reserve the right to charge a fee of $30 - $60 for non-attendance or late cancellation.  Late cancellation is defined as providing less than 4 business hours notice for Medical Services, and less than 24 hours notice for Psychology/Allied Health Services.

 

Discounts

Children under 16 yo

Aged Pensioners who joined ERC pre 2020

Service Discount
Standard Consultation (up to 15min) Bulk Billed
Long consultation (up to 30 min) $20 Discount
Care Plan / Health Assessment Bulk Billed
Other Services Ask

 

Aged Pensioners joining o1/o1/2020 onwards

Other Pension Card holders

Health Care Card holders

Service Discount
Standard Consultation (up to 15min) $20 Discount
Long consultation (up to 30 min) $20 Discount
Care Plan / Health Assessment Bulk Billed
Other Services Ask

 

DVA

Service Discount
Standard Consultation (up to 15min) Bulk Billed
Long consultation (up to 30 min) Bulk Billed
Care Plan / Health Assessment Bulk Billed
Other Services Bulk Billed

 

Care Plans

Care Plans are long format consultations available to eligible patients (typically people with chronic diseases).  Care plan / Care plan review consultations can be conducted at 3 month intervals.

Extended Medicare Safety Net

The EMSN provides an increased rebate for Australian families and singles who incur out-of-pocket costs for Medicare eligible out-of-hospital services. Once the relevant annual threshold of out-of-pocket costs has been met, Medicare will pay up to 80 per cent of any future out-of-pocket costs for out-of-hospital Medicare services for the remainder of the calendar year.  These thresholds are indexed by the CPI on 1 January each year. From 1 January 2019 the annual EMSN thresholds are:

· $680.70 for Commonwealth concession cardholders, including those with a Pensioner Concession Card, a Health Care Card or a Commonwealth Seniors Card, and people who receive Family Tax Benefit (Part A); and
· $2,133.00 for all other singles and families.

Couples and families should contact the Department of Human Services – Medicare to register their family members as part of a safety net eligible family. Registering as a family allows eligible out-of-pocket costs for each individual family member to count towards the family’s EMSN threshold. Couples and families need to register even if all family members are listed on the Medicare card. Registration is only required once, unless family members change, for example, if a student child is no longer studying full time or you have a newborn baby.