Bulk billing refers to healthcare services provided at no cost to patients. Instead of paying a fee and seeking a partial rebate through Medicare, your medical practitioner will bill Medicare for your visit directly, leaving you with no out-of-pocket expenses.
To be eligible for bulk billing, you must be enrolled in Medicare. You can browse https://epfamilyclinic.com.au/home/bulk-billing/ to find a top bulk billing medical center. They will guide you how to enroll in Medicare and get a Medicare card.
You may also need to give your permission for a medical practice to seek payment from Medicare on your behalf. If you are unable to give consent – for example, if you are underage, unconscious or injured – another person such as a family member may be able to do this on your behalf.
After your consultation with the doctor, the receptionist will ask you to consent to having your visit bulk billed. The practice then lodges a claim with Medicare. In this scenario, you typically won’t need to pay anything upfront, or claim back any costs from Medicare – the fee for the entire visit is handled between the medical practice and Medicare directly.
You can always ask your GP in advance if they could bulk bill your appointment or service or ask for a discount.