Fees & Billing
Doctors at Ballarat Group Practice operate independently and are free to set their own fees for the services they provide.
Full payment is required on the day of your consultation. All privately billed patients are required to pay the full fee on the day of their consultation or an additional administration fee will be charged. We accept payment for our fees via Cash, Cheque, EFTPOS and Credit Card.
All new patients will need to ring our reception team to organise an initial consultation. There will be a refundable holding fee at the time of booking the appointment. This holding fee will be $140.00 paid over the phone. When you attend the appointment, this fee will be used as your consultation payment. If you need to cancel this appointment, and do so with at least 24 hours notice, this amount will be fully refunded. Failure to attend your appointment, or cancellation within 24 hours of the appointment, will result in this fee being forfeited.
The list below is intended as a guide only. Fees can vary, based on the length of time taken for each consultation, the complexity and the determination of the individual doctor.
Theatre procedures, dressings and wound care, vaccinations, home and after-hours visits, and some other services can incur additional charges. Please ask a receptionist or your doctor for further information.
Non-Attendance Fee: If you fail to attend an appointment, or cancel without adequate notice, there will be a non-attendance fee of $55.00 charged. Failure to attend an initial consultation will result in a non-attendance fee of $140.00.
|Consultation Type||Total Fee||Medicare Rebate|
|Standard Consultation - less than 20 mins||$ 84.55||$38.75|
|Long Consultation - at least 20 mins||$ 141.10||$ 75.05|
|Extended Consultation - at least 40 mins||$ 181.65||$110.50|
Please Note: consultation fees are based on AMA recommended rates.
We endeavour to inform patients about potential out-of-pocket fees on services provided within our Practice and for other referred services.
Please check with your doctor or receptionist if you have any further questions.
Each day we have appointments available for EMERGENCIES ONLY. These appointments are kept aside for patients who are ill and need to see a doctor urgently.
Bulk billing does not apply to these emergency appointments; they are treated as private consultations and are charged accordingly.
Claiming Your Medicare Rebate
The quickest and easiest way to claim is at the Doctor's Surgery, straight after you pay. This is done electronically, either instantly onto your EFTPOS card using a cheque or savings account, or via Medicare Online.
If using Medicare Online and you have registered your bank details with Medicare, the rebate will be deposited back into your bank account, usually within ten business days.
If you have not registered your bank details with Medicare they will send you a letter explaining you have a claim and need to register with them.
To register or update your bank details visit the Medicare website.
For certain services, we will charge Medicare a fee under your name, and in these cases a cheque will be sent to you but is addressed to your GP. You will need to forward this cheque to our Practice at your earliest convenience.