Ear, Nose and Throat
Pius X has a number of visiting specialists attending the clinic on a regular basis. Specialist services are provided to both Aboriginal clients and to members of the local community. Fees will be charged for services, payable on the day.
Patients will be notified regarding this change to our procedures when the appointments is made or confirmed. The receptionist will notify the client of the Initial Consultation fee and what proportion of that fee will be rebated into the patients account through the Medicare system. The patient will be advised to bring their Medicare card with them.
To reinforce this message and ensure that patients are aware that payment is expected after the appointment had been completed, a sign will be displayed in the reception area. This sign will state the Initial Consultation Fee and that payment is payable on the day.
Patients will be advised that if they are registered with Medicare then the rebated amount will flow into their nominated bank account on the day following the consultation.
In exceptional circumstances, patients may receive an account for the fee. Medicare will be billed for the service and the cheque in the doctor’s name will be forwarded to them. They will then be required to present that cheque and the “gap payment” to Pius X so that the specialists may be paid for their service.