Since Medicare was introduced 40 years ago the rebates have not been increasing at the same rate as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or Average Weekly Earnings (AWE).
In the may budget the government has extended the Medicare rebate ‘freeze’ which will not see the rebate increase at all over the next 4 years. Medicare rebates for GP services have not increased since 2014 and have now been frozen until 2020. The Medicare rebate was never intended to cover the full cost of our healthcare.
At Victor Medical Centre we take pride in providing you with a professional service in an accredited clinic. In addition to urgent and regular consultations we provide minor surgery, specialist nursing support in relation to asthma, stoma, diabetes, breast feeding, chronic disease management, ECG, 24 hour blood pressure monitoring and wound dressing services.
We current employ over 30 staff; all members of the local community.
The fee that you pay covers the costs of running the practice. This includes wages, power, rates, water, rent, computers, etc and these costs continue to rise putting pressure on our ability to continue to provide a comprehensive health service.
We have made a small increase to our gap fees this year. If you feel that you are in significant financial hardship please discuss this with your doctor at your next appointment.