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Fee list / cancellation

 

To make an appointment with me at my private specialist clinic affordable to as many families as possible, my fees are much lower than the AMA (Australian Medical Association) recommendations for specialist consultation fees. The fees I charge are necessary to cover the expenses for running a specialist practice.

I do offer bulk billed clinics on Tuesdays for the following families:

  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card Holders
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families as part of my commitment to Closing the Gap

Spaces for the Tuesday bulk billed clinic are limited, and the waiting time can be substantially longer than seeing me on the other days.

Please note that bulk billed clinics are only available for children attending with their legal guardian and not for children under the care of a Government agency.

For all Children under Child Safety or other Government Agency, you need to contact your caseworker for more information regarding our schedule of fees.

Children attending Cairns West State School, Trinity Beach State School, Balaclava State School, or Woree State School and who fulfill the above bulk bill criteria can be seen Wednesdays during school terms at my bulk billed school-based clinics. The school clinics must be discussed with your school’s Guidance Officer or Head of Special Education before the GP referral is obtained.

For all other families the following fee list applies; Health Care Card holders will be offered a reduced fee:

  Private

 

 Health Care Card
Time

 

DescriptionFee

 

Out of PocketMedicare

Rebate

Fee

 

Out of Pocket
In-person appointment in consult room
60 minInitial Consult Long

More than one concern and for all behavioural / developmental

$390.00$155.15$234.85$360.00$125.15
30 minReview Consult Long

More than one concern and for all behavioural / developmental

$200.00

$150.00*

$82.40

$82.80*

$117.60

$67.20*

$180.00

$130.00*

$62.40

$62.80*

45 minInitial Consult Short

Single concern not behavioural or developmental

$250.00$115.70$134.30$220.00$85.70
20 minReview Consult Short

Single concern not behavioural or developmental

$130.00$62.80$67.20$110.00$42.80
Telehealth video consult (must be video and you must live at least 15 km away. Not for initial consults)
20 minTelehealth Review

For all concerns including all behavioural / developmental

$210.00

$150.00*

$33.60

$49.20*

$176.40

$100.80*

$210.00

$150.00*

$33.60

$49.20*

Prescriptions, forms, referrals, reports etc. without appointment
Without an appointment$20.0020.00$20.0020.00

*Medicare provides the higher rebate only for the first two reviews following the initial consult. For the 3rd and all following reviews, we therefore reduce the fees as you will receive only the decreased rebate.

The fees are payable on the day of your consultation. At Cairns Doctors we accept EFTPOS, credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Amex), and cash. The Medicare rebate can be processed at the same time if you bring an EFTPOS card with you, or if your bank details are registered with Medicare can be sent online for processing.

Remember that your GP referral is valid for one year after the first appointment with me. Please ensure to obtain a new referral after the year or Medicare will not rebate you.

I do not charge for repeat scripts if you run out of the regular medication before the next appointment and if you pick the script up from our reception. If a medication change or a dose adjustment is required, you will need to make an appointment. You may also ask your GP for a repeat script.

If your child requires an ECG or a spirometry it can be done free of charge before or after the consultation.

 

Cancellation and non-attendance

Your appointment time has been reserved to see your child and family. If you cannot attend the appointment, please notify us at least 48 hours in advance so we can reschedule and offer the time-slot to another patient. If you cancel an appointment less than 48 hours in advance or you do not attend an appointment, a cancellation/non-attendance fee of 50% of the full consultation fee will apply. For bulk billed families the fee is 50% of the Medicare rebate. The fee must be paid before a next appointment is offered. The cancellation/non-attendance fee is not rebated by Medicare.

 

Running late

Please ensure that you start early enough so you can drive safely and arrive in time for the appointment without needing to rush. The appointment length is calculated to have adequate time to talk about your concerns, examining your child and discuss and prepare a management plan. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late and there is a next patient scheduled there is not enough time to cover all these needs safely and we likely have to cancel the appointment and the cancellation fee applies.

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