Medicare rebates provided by the government do not cover the full cost of providing you with medical care. This is because for over 20 years the indexation rate for Medicare Schedule fees has been substantially lower than increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and average weekly earnings. Medicare rebates have been frozen since 1 July 2014 and will not be increased until 1 July 2020. (For more on this see our previous post).
The fees we charge have to cover all of our practice costs including employing staff, rent, medical equipment, electricity, computers and insurance. All of these costs increase annually. We don’t want to compromise care to our patients by seeing more patients quickly. We also want to be accessible to everyone in our local community.
From 3 July 2016 our most common consultation fees will increase as follows:
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 Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health (firstname.lastname@example.org).