Increase to Consultation Fees from 1 June 2016

Today Medicare rebates do not cover the full cost of providing you with medical care. This is because the rate at which successive governments have indexed the Medicare Schedule fees has been substantially lower than increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and average weekly earnings.

The reality is that Medicare rebates do not cover the cost of providing you with a safe and high quality service. The fees charged by this practice have to cover all of our practice costs including employing receptionists and practice nurses, and meeting our operating expenses such as rent, medical equipment, electricity, computers and insurance.

The Government has announced it will not be indexing the Medicare Schedule fees this year. Medicare rebates have been frozen since 1 July 2014 and will not be increased until 1 July 2020.

It is not possible for this practice to meet our running costs each year without increasing our fees. From 1 June 2016 our practice will be charging you the following fees for our most common services:

 Service Description  Fee  Medicare Rebate  Out of Pocket
 Standard Consultation  $75  $37.05  $37.95
 Long Consultation  $120  $71.70  $48.30
 Extended Consultation  $160  $105.55  $54.45
 Full Skin Check  $135  $71.70  $63.30
 Partial Skin Check – 1 to 3 Moles  $75  $37.05  $37.95

If you have extenuating circumstances please discuss this with your doctor.

If you wish to let the Government know that the Medicare rebate is insufficient to assist you in meeting the cost of your medical care, please contact your local Member of Parliament, federal election candidates and the Minister for Health:

The Hon Sussan Ley MP
Minister for Health
Parliament House
CANBERRA  ACT  2600
Tel: (02) 6277 7220
Email: sussan.ley.mp@aph.gov.au