Medicare gives Australian residents access to free or subsidised treatment from doctors and specialists, both in and out of hospital. But it’s important to know that not all health professionals bulk-bill. So, before you make an appointment to see a GP, call the practice and ask them if they offer this service. That way you won’t be caught off guard.

Services covered by Bulk Billing include:

  • Consultation fees for doctors, including specialists.
  • Tests and examinations by doctors needed to treat illnesses, including X-rays and pathology tests.
  • Eye tests performed by optometrists.
  • Most surgical and other therapeutic procedures performed by doctors.
  • Some surgical procedures performed by approved dentists.
  • Specified items under the Cleft Lip and Palate Scheme.
  • Specified items for allied health services (ie chronic disease management items, psychologists and psychiatrists through the MBS initiative items, and items for children with pervasive developmental disorders)

Here is what’s not covered:

  • Private patient hospital costs (for example, theatre fees or accommodation)
  • Dental examinations and treatment (except specified items introduced for allied health services as part of the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program)
  • Ambulance services.
  • Home nursing.
  • Acupuncture (unless part of a doctor’s consultation)
  • Glasses and contact lenses.
  • Hearing aids and other appliances.
  • The cost of prostheses (except External Breast Prostheses covered by the External Breast Prostheses Reimbursement Program)
  • Medicines (The PBS is the system that provides subsidies for prescription medication)
  • Medical and hospital costs incurred overseas.
  • Medical costs for which someone else is responsible (for example a compensation insurer, an employer, a government or government authority)
  • Medical services which are not clinically necessary.
  • Surgery solely for cosmetic reasons.
  • Examinations for life insurance, superannuation or membership of a friendly society.
  • Eye therapy.

Want to know more? Call our friendly staff at Family Health GP Sunnybank Hills, on (07) 3272 2396 and we’d be happy to answer your questions and book an appointment. And yes our practice does offer Bulk Billing.