Fees

At Little Pears we are committed to high quality medical care. Your Medicare rebate covers only part of the costs of providing this care. For this reason, we charge a gap fee for each consultation (including follow up results consults).

Patients pay the surcharge amount associated with EFTPOS, Debit and Credit transactions, through payments made online and at reception. This fee will not appear on your invoice but will be deducted automatically along with the invoice amount at time of payment. Please note that this surcharge will vary, depending on the type of card used.

All TeleHealth (phone/video) appointments incur our usual practice fees with the Medicare Rebate coming back to your Medicare nominated bank account (usually within 2-48 hours). When booking a Telehealth appointment online you will be asked to provide your card details for payment, and for bookings via phone our friendly receptionists will take your details so we can take payment automatically after your appointment.

As with previous Telehealth appointments, in order to be eligible for the Medicare Rebate you MUST have seen a GP face-to-face in the clinic in the last 12 months, with the exception of children under 12 months of age. If you do not meet this criteria then you will incur a full fee, and no Medicare Rebate will apply.

Consultation Fees

At Little Pears we are committed to high quality medical care. Your Medicare rebate covers only part of the costs of providing this care. For this reason, we charge a gap fee for each consultation (including follow up results consults).

Patients pay the surcharge amount associated with EFTPOS, Debit and Credit transactions, through payments made online and at reception. This fee will not appear on your invoice but will be deducted automatically along with the invoice amount at time of payment. Please note that this surcharge will vary, depending on the type of card used.

ConsultationMonday – FridayChildren <16 years
(Excluding Saturdays)
Saturday/ Afterhours

Level B – Short

up to 10 mins

Medicare rebate $41.40

$72$62$107

Level B – Standard

10-15 mins

Medicare rebate $41.40

$102$92$151

Level B – Long

15-20 mins

Medicare rebate $41.40

$136$126$202

Level C – Standard

25-30 mins

Medicare rebate $80.10

$204$194$303

Level C – Long

30-40 mins

Medicare rebate $80.10

$272$262$404

Level D – Standard

45-50 mins

Medicare rebate $118.00

$340$330$505

Level D – Long

50-60 mins

Medicare rebate $118.00

$408$398$606

Level E – Standard

65-70 mins

Medicare rebate $191.20

$476$466$708
Did not attend (DNA) fee is $102.00
DVA Gold card holders who participate in the CVC program will be ‘bulk-billed’ for all appointments.

Any procedures may incur an additional fee to cover consumables. DVA Gold card holders who participate in the CVC program will be ‘bulk-billed’ for all appointments.
Those who are experiencing financial difficulty are asked to discuss their situation with our receptionists or their usual doctor.

Childhood Vaccinations & National Immunisation Program & Private Vaccinations

Little Pears Practice provide childhood vaccinations and private vaccinations as a nurse led immunisation service. Our registered nurse Denise Robinson has had additional training in vaccinations and is a highly skilled vaccination provider. At this appointment she will complete an age-appropriate growth check and developmental screen. Any issues identified will be referred to our doctors in a timely manner. These vaccinations appointments will incur a fee of $44.00 (non-Medicare rebateable)

Procedures

Any procedure such as skin excisions, Mirena/Kyleena/Copper IUD insertion, Implanon insertion/removal will incur an additional out of pocket fee to cover consumables. Please speak to our doctors or receptionists to provide an accurate estimate of costs.

Return to Work (Work Cover) consultations

The appointments will be charged at the gazetted rates, and we ask that accounts are paid in full on the day of consultation. You may then claim reimbursement via your Return to Work Coordinator.

Consultation Fees

The patient rebate from Medicare was frozen from 2014 until 2018 and the most recent increase was below the consumer price index.  This widening gap is explained in the following link from the Australian Medical Association (please click me).  

The costs of running our private business continue to rise, and your patient Medicare Rebate now represents about half of the full cost of your GP care. We would encourage you to discuss any concerns you have about your Medicare Rebate with your Federal Member of Parliament.