A medical referral is not required to visit a podiatrist.
However, if you are seeking cover under DVA or Medicare, a GP referral is necessary.
Podiatry services are covered under most Private Health Insurance “Extras” funds, and we can provide you with a receipt for you to make your claim. (Please check with your health fund to determine your level of cover for podiatry services)
- Clients of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) with a Gold Card or podiatry-related White Card are fully covered with no out-of-pocket expenses when referred by their GP.
- Medicare rebates are available for a maximum of 5 podiatry services per patient in a calendar year. These rebates are available to patients that have a chronic condition and complex care needs being managed by their GP under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. If you have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or other chronic foot conditions please discuss your eligibility to access this program with your podiatrist and your GP.
You may be eligible for up to 5 visits maximum per calendar year … you and your Doctor will decide how many of these 5 visits you will allocate to Coastal Podiatry.
The scheme allows for a total of 5 visits across all allied health professionals i.e you may ask your GP to allocate all 5 to Podiatry or you may divide them up between Physio and Podiatry or any other relevant treatment (1 Physio + 4 Podiatry = 5 visits max)…remember 5 visits in total per year.
What happens when I run out of Medicare visits for Podiatry?
Coastal Podiatry offers a very competitive pricing when your medicare subsidised visits run out. We discuss with you the frequency of your visits to best keep your feet as healthy and happy as possible to minimise your out of pocket expense.
Healthy feet provide the foundations for a healthy body and an active life!
Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. Accredited Podiatrist.