Medicare rebate and referrals
You will need to bring your referral with you to your appointment to be eligible for a Medicare rebate. Referrals from your GP are generally valid for a period of 12 months from your first visit, while referrals from Specialists are valid for only 3 months.
The Dermatologists generally have waiting lists for appointments and as a courtesy to other patients, request that you provide at least 24 hours notice for cancellation or change of appointment so that we may offer your appointment to other waiting patients. As such, there is a $100 cancellation fee for not notifying reception by telephone of inability to attend with 24 hours notice.
The cost of providing specialist medical services is high so usually the Dermatologists do not usually Bulk Bill, however, that decision is up to your treating Dermatologist. A maximum initial consultation fee will be quoted when you book your appointment.
Skin biopsy, cryotherapy (freezing) and removal of a skin cancer or mole will incur additional charges. In general you will receive about one third back from Medicare. If you have a lot of medical expenses in a year, you may receive up to 80 percent back from Medicare with the Medicare Safety Net.
Your Dermatologist may provide a discount rate to Concession Card holders of approximately 25% off the normal fee. You will need to bring your pensioner concession card to your initial consultation. This discount does not usually apply to Health Care Cards or Commonwealth Seniors Health Cards.
Veterans and their widows or dependants who hold a DVA Gold Card will have their account sent directly to DVA and will not incur any additional charges.