payment policy

 

Medical services are provided and billed by Prahran East Medical Centre. Our doctors are all vocationally registered, with services rebatable by Medicare, directly at the time of payment.

 

Prahran East Medical Centre is a mostly private billing clinic.

A Standard Consultation is $90 (private) or $60 (discounted). Medicare rebate $38.20.

 

Long Consultations are $160 (private) or $105 (discounted). Medicare rebate $73.95.

For appointments after hours there is a $10 surcharge, with no discounts or bulk-billing available. On Sundays and Public Holidays, a standard consultation is $113 (rebate $49.80).

 

Other fees vary according to the service provided.

 

 

Cashless policy: in line with many other comparable medical centres, we are now cashless. This will streamline Medicare rebates and enhance our safety and efficiency. Payment options are EFTPOS, Visa or Mastercard.

 

 

Our Billing Policy Explained

 

At Prahran East Medical Centre, we pride ourselves on providing the highest possible standard of health care to our community. To achieve this in today's environment,  it's not possible to bulk-bill everyone. That's why we charge a consultation fee in most cases.

 

On the other hand,  we are very aware that there may be times in life when health and expenses become a challenge. It's important that people are still able to access quality health care at these times, and so we offer discounted fees and bulk-billing in special circumstances.

 

If you would like to access these discounted fees,  please review our reduced fee and bulk- billing categories below and let our receptionist know when you come.

 

Please notify us if your situation changes.

 

 

Bulk-billing and Reduced Fee Categories

 

Bulk-bill (no out-of-pocket cost, not available after hours):

  • pensioner

  • child on Health Care Card (HCC)

 

Discounted (around $20 out-of-pocket, not available after hours):

  • child under 18

  • student full time

  • HCC holder

  • unemployed

 Note:

  • brief consultations (under 8 mins) are usually bulk-billed for patients who are eligible for a discounted fee.

 

If any of the above is unclear,  please ask our receptionist.

 

 

Medicare Online and Safety Net

 

Technology is now available for you to automatically receive your Medicare Rebate into your bank account at the time of payment,  rather than manually claiming it later. This way, you effectively only pay the gap.

 

The Medicare Safety Net guards against excessive out of pocket costs during times when health services are needed frequently. It limits these costs in any given calendar year. Access to this scheme is via Medicare.

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Prahran East Medical Centre

 

Ph  9510 8888

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