Billing practices and consultation fees

Billing practices and consultation fees

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From 1 January 2015 the restriction that prevented optometrists billing patients above the scheduled fee set by the Government for consultations covered by Medicare was removed. From this date also there was a 5% reduction in the rebate the Government pays for optometry consultations covered by Medicare. The impact of this reduction has been compounded by an extended freeze on the indexation of the rebate. These changes have meant that many optometrists need to and/or are able to consider changing their billing practices to support the sustainability of their practice. This page provides links to a range of resources designed to support optometrists in considering the most appropriate billing practices for their practice, and in setting consultation fees.

To find out about Optometry Australia's fight for fairer medicare rebates, and how you can get involved, visit the Eye care for All - members section.

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