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Fee update for our Coburg clinic

03/12/2020

Eye consultation payment

Vision Eye Institute Coburg is no longer able to provide bulk-billed consultations from 1 January 2021.

This change includes appointments that have already been scheduled for 2021.

Vision Eye Institute Coburg is a private medical clinic providing high-quality specialist eye care to local residents. We have been pleased to offer bulk billing since the clinic opened in 1999, while also providing patients with access to highly experienced eye doctors and surgeons, the latest diagnostic and laser technology, and high staff-to-patient ratios.

However, the clinic’s operating costs continue to increase (exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic) while Medicare fees have remained virtually unchanged. As a result, this fee change is necessary for the clinic to continue operating.

The change to our fee structure allows us to continue providing quality specialist medical services for all patients.

What does this mean for patients?

There will be no change to the high-quality specialist care we deliver.

We are keeping fees to a minimum, but there will be an out-of-pocket (or ‘gap’) cost for all new and follow-up consultations. Pension and health care card holders will be charged at a reduced rate and will continue to be bulk billed for diagnostic tests covered by Medicare (a fee is payable for diagnostic tests not covered by Medicare). We will continue to bulk bill eye injections for all patients.

Please note full payment is required on the day of consultation. We will then process the Medicare claim for you to receive your rebate.

Patients will be kept fully informed regarding fees prior to their appointment by phone call, SMS and/or letter. During your appointment, further diagnostic tests may be required – if additional fees apply, these will be discussed with you on the day.

Further information

If you have any questions about this change and how it will affect you, please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic on 03 9354 8611.

We thank you for your understanding.

 

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The information on this page is general in nature. All medical and surgical procedures have potential benefits and risks. Consult your ophthalmologist for specific medical advice.

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IMPORTANT: If you are concerned about your eyes and require an urgent consultation, DO NOT use this form. Please call one of our clinics during office hours or contact your nearest emergency department.

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