Bulk billing Podiatrist Medicare
Information for patients.
Visits to a podiatrist may be covered by Medicare under certain conditions. This is up to your GP to provide you with an EPC or Enhanced Primary Care plan before your Medicare eligibility is ‘turned-on’. This funding is available to people with complex medical problems that have some effect on their feet. For example, arthritis of the feet causing pain or arthritis of the back restricting self-care of the feet may qualify. Other common complaints that may prefer a bulk billing podiatrist include painful conditions of the feet arising from a systemic complaint and assessment / management of the feet of diabetics. There is a limit of five visits per year across any mixture of the offered allied health services. This means that if you use a physiotherapist and a dietitian and a podiatrist, there is a five visit maximum for all providers put together, not five for each type of provider. Please discuss your eligibility for this scheme with your general practitioner.
There is a shortfall of $5 between the cost of visiting our podiatry clinics and the Medicare rebate, meaning a small out of pocket cost for regular treatment. More specialised or advanced treatments such as shockwave therapy will incur a higher out of pocket cost – please ask the receptionist when booking or head to our fees list under the Contact Us tab. We are able to process your Medicare claims on the spot. We will always send a report back to your referring doctor when we receive a new referral or with the results of tests or treatments.
You may also be aware that for referrals by a podiatrist for X-ray investigations of the foot, leg, knee and hip and ultrasonography of the foot and ankle at many radiology clinics are bulkbilled. Some clinics do charge an out of pocket cost at their discretion. Your podiatrist will prefer to send you to a bulk billing practice where possible. We try to co-operate with your GP if we require blood tests or more high-tech scans as Medicare does not provide rebates for these tests when ordered by a podiatrist.