Parkview Clinic is a fully bulk billing practice.
All patients who are currently registered with Medicare are bulk billed
for all eligible services. We don't just bulk bill pensioners and
children during week days and office hours!
Who is eligible?
Generally any Australian citizen or permanent resident is eligible for
Medicare services. New born babies should be registered as soon as
possible (yes, we know you have a lot of other things to think about!).
Overseas visitors on tourist visas are usually not covered unless there
is a reciprocal agreement between our governments. Visitors on student
visas are sometimes eligible to purchase Medicare cover during their
We ask that you bring your Medicare card when you attend for your first
visit. With Online Patient Verification we can check your current
Medicare eligibility and update the Medicare number if necessary.
Rarely Medicare eligibility has expired and we will have to bill you
privately until you become eligible again.
Patients not eligible for rebates are currently charged $50.00 for a standard consultation.
Why is it called "bulk billing?"
A more correct term is "direct billing". If you are privately billed,
you must pay the doctor for the service, and then get the rebate back
from Medicare. The "gap" is the difference between the doctor's fee and
the rebate. A "bulk billing" practice bills Medicare directly for the
service - we only receive the rebate.
We could bill for each patient individually, but usually the combined
bills will be transmitted electronically to Medicare after each working
day - hence the term "bulk billing".
Medicare descriptors require that the service is the same - for
example, a standard consultation must be between 6 and 20 minutes,
whether it is bulk billed or privately billed, in order to attract a
As to whether a bulk billing doctor provides an inferior service to a
private billing doctor, that is for you, the patient, to judge. It is
true that a bulk billing doctor can make more money by seeing more
patients per hour - but is this not also true of the private billing
doctor? And is it fair to imply that a bulk billing doctor, who accepts
a lower fee for providing the same service, of being motivated
primarily by avarice?
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