Mixed Billing Milestone

08 Jan 2021 10:47 AM | Anonymous

The team at Blackbutt Medical Centre pride ourselves on delivering the best quality, sustainable community health care.

The beginning of February will mark the first year for Blackbutt Medical Centre as a mixed billing medical practice and we want to thank the wider Blackbutt community for the smooth transition. In today’s environment, it’s no longer possible to bulk bill every patient. From February 2020, Blackbutt Medical Centre transitioned to a mixed billing clinic, meaning all consultations are time-based and attract a fee which may or may not be covered by the Medicare rebate.

Now that said, things haven’t changed much for most of our regular patients  or soon to become regular patients who transfer their records. We have given a great deal of consideration to who is eligible to be bulk billed.  If you have a valid and current Medicare card, we still bulk bill children under 16, age pensioners and healthcare card holders, DVA, disability pension card holders and students under 25 years with a student card. In these Covid-19 times we have seen the introduction of a fully bulk-billed telephone consult service operating from Blackbutt Medical Centre. As well as having a valid and current Medicare card a patient must be registered as a patient and have had a consult in the last 12 months before they can book a telephone “fully bulk-billed” telephone consult. We will even fax/email and deliver/mail original script to your pharmacy/chemist of choice.

Fees will be payable at the time of consultation (No accounts) for:

  • All new Patients (Visitors and locals)
  • Expired Medicare cards
  • No Medicare card (eg overseas traveller)
  • Newborn children not on a Medicare Card
  • All insurance, superannuation, medico-legal paperwork and records
  • Commercial driver’s licence
  • Pre-employment Medicals
  • Acupuncture consumables
  • Wound dressings (not normal aftercare)
  • Iron infusions
  • Other non-Medicare billable consultations and consumables.

Fees are payable at the time of consultation by cash, credit card or EFTPOS. With on the spot processing and if you pay by cash, EFTPOS or a debit Credit Card, the Medicare rebate goes back into your bank account right away. So your “out of pocket” expense is the small gap.

The AMA fee structure forms the basis of our billing policy and our doctors charge the fees that reflect the time taken and degree of complexity in each consultation. Our practice is equipped with TYRO and Medicare On-Line. These facilities allow the surgery to directly lodge your receipt for Medicare refunds, saving time for patients.

Please ask our reception members for any information regarding these rebate options, as well as private fees. They will make you aware of practice policy and any fees that might be due after the consult.

Of course, if our patients need to access quality health care but can’t afford it, we will, bulk bill them. (At the discretion of your GP)

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Address: 91 Coulson Street, Blackbutt, Qld, 4314

Phone: (07) 4163 0023

Fax:      (07) 41630024

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