In Australia most people go to a family doctor when they have a health problem or need a health check-up. Family doctors are also known as ‘general practitioners’ (GP)
1 Making an Appointment
You should call to make an appointment in advance else you may have to wait a long time.
Appointments are usually short(10-15minutes) but you can request a longer appointment.
If you can not attend the appointment, you should call your doctor and cancel it.
2 What to Expect
Take your Medicare card and healthcare card and you ID, VISA, or Passport with your your name, address, date of birth.
Tell the doctor all the medicines that you are using including traditional remedies, vitamins, herbs, etc.
You can get the most benefit from your visit to your doctor by writing down what you want to consult the doctor about and bringing it with you
3 Paying the Doctor
Some doctors ‘bulk bill’ their patients. This means your visit to the family doctor is free because the Federal Government pays the doctor directly through Medicare
If your family doctor does not bulk bill, you pay the doctor and then claim some of the money back from Medicare with your receipt. This means you only have to pay the difference
You can only be bulk billed or claim money back from Medicare if you have a Medicare card. For information about how to obtain a Medicare card, eligibility and fee schedules, call 13 20 11 or visit the Medicare website: www.medicareaustralia.gov.au