Consultations are generally by appointment only. Standard consults last from 12 to 15 minutes. More complex appointments take longer, attract a different Medicare number, and it is a great help if our staff can be warned beforehand if you feel a prolonged time may be needed. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preferred time and doctor.
Our Fee Structure:
The fees at Ontario Family Practice are determined by a combination of factors including – the Australian Medical Association recommended rates, and the real costs associated with running our medical practice.
Ontario Family Practice is a private billing medical practice and the fees are tabled below.
|Fee Type||Private Fee||Medicare Rebate||Private Fee Gap|
|Standard consultation (10 – 15 mins)||$75.00||$37.05||$32.95|
|Long consultation (20 – 40 mins)||$120.00||$71.70||$48.30|
|Extended long Consultation ( >40 mins)||$140.00||$105.55||$34.45|
These fees above are indicative of fees billed by doctors in the practice and patients should be aware that individual doctors may bill at different rates. Charges will vary depending on the length of time you spend with the doctor, and the complexity of your medical condition. Payment is required on the day at the time of your consultation. For patients that may be unprepared for same day payment due to the need to attend the surgery for an emergency, an itemised account will be issued.
Weekends and After-Hours:
Saturday morning clinics only operate on alternative weekends at our surgery, on the alternative Saturday it will be conducted at Lime Medical Clinic.
If you require medical attention out of the practices hours, there will always be an “on call” doctor available. Our practice offers 24 hour a day medical cover for all of its patients, everyday of the year.
For all after hour medical attention, telephone 5021 1688 and answering service will direct you to the “on call” doctor.
Minor Procedure and surgery Fees:
The cost of procedures varies with the nature of the procedure and its complexity. Please ensure you enquire about any costs with the reception staff prior to the procedure.
There is a $40 theatre fee that is payable separately to the procedure. This is to cover the cost of the medical consumables used( sterilisation equipment , dressings, needles, anaesthetics) and is not rebatable by Medicare.
We accept payments by Cash, Cheque and Eftpos.
After hour’s consultations – weeknights or weekends, the account for the consultation will be processed during the next working day and posted out to the patient.
Ways to get your medicare rebate:
- Electronic claiming (Register your bank details with Medicare)
- Lodge some Medicare claims online through Medicare Online Services
- Submit a Medicare claim form by mail or in a drop-box at a Medicare Service Centre
We do however have quite a few services that are bulk billed ( charged to medicare
directly) with no out of pocket costs like
- All Childhood Immunisations
- Health Assessments for over 75 year olds
- Mental Health Care Plans
- GP Management Plans and Referrals to Allied Health Professionals( for eligible patients)
- Annual FLU and Pneumonia Vaccines
- INR Consultations,
- Wound Reviews
- Blood Pressure Checks
- Nurse administered travel vaccines, just to name a few.
Please check with our reception for more details on the services, fees and your eligibility for Health Assessments and GP Management Plans.
If you are unable to attend for a scheduled appointment, please contact us to cancel or change your appointment time. A fee will be charged for failure to attend or cancellation at short notice. (Please note: this fee is not Medicare rebatable).