Although we have changed consultation fees from 10 October 2016, it is very important that we continue to provide comprehensive care for people with chronic diseases.
So if you have a chronic disease, appointments with your doctor that are for care plan writing or care plan review will still be bulk billed. These appointments can be scheduled 2 to 4 times per year depending on complexity. Appointments with our nurses for chronic disease assessment (eg diabetes clinic) will also be bulk billed. Mental health plans and mental health plan reviews can be bulk billed.
The following are some examples of chronic diseases that may be eligible for care plan rebates:
Heart disease (eg heart attack, angina, stents or bypass surgery)
Atrial fibrillation, DVT and PE
Peripheral vascular disease
Any kind of cancer needing treatment or follow up
Chronic kidney disease
Liver disease or hepatitis
Coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease
Lung disease (eg COPD or emphysema)
Brain diseases such as dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease)
Chronic low back pain
Osteoarthritis affecting your health
Rheumatoid and other connective tissue diseases
Some long-term skin conditions
Childhood developmental delay
Mental health problems in all age groups
If you are not sure whether you are eligible, do ask your doctor or any of our clinical staff.