A medical referral is not required to visit a podiatrist.
Podiatry fees are covered under most Private Health Insurance “Extras” funds, and we have HICAPS facilities for on-the-spot claiming (please bring your health fund card in order to do this). Please check with your health fund to determine your level of cover for podiatry services as there is wide variability.
We are pleased to announce we are now Bupa Members First providers, which allows Bupa members to access significant discounts on their podiatry care and services.
If you are seeking to have your care covered under DVA, Medicare or WorkCover, a GP referral will then be necessary.
Clients of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) with a Gold Card or podiatry-related White Card are fully covered with no out-of-pocket expenses when referred by their GP.
Workers Compensation (WorkCover) cases are also fully covered with a medical referral and approval of your case by WorkCover.
Medicare rebates are available for a maximum of 5 podiatry services per patient in a calendar year. These rebates are available to patients that have a chronic condition and complex care needs being managed by their GP under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. If you have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or other chronic foot conditions please discuss your eligibility to access this program with your podiatrist and your GP.
We require an initial consultation is required to carefully assess your problem, at which time we can provide you with either immediate treatment of your condition, or an indication as to additional consultations that might be required, along with those associated costs. If you require treatment such as foot orthoses or a minor surgical procedure, we will assess this at your initial consultation and discuss your options and possible costs with you at length.