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Old Oct 3rd 2018, 8:15 pm
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Hi we are moving to perth next year. What happens with things such as routine injections babies have, we have twins and things such as smear test.

one of my big concerns is health. My twins were born at 29 weeks and have eczema issues and one twin often gets weezy. For some reason im thinking they are behind medically. We are going on a 187 visa.
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Hi we are moving to perth next year. What happens with things such as routine injections babies have, we have twins and things such as smear test.

one of my big concerns is health. My twins were born at 29 weeks and have eczema issues and one twin often gets weezy. For some reason im thinking they are behind medically. We are going on a 187 visa.
The health system here is very good - all that stuff gets done

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If you are on a PR visa you will qualify for Medicare which is the public health system. You can look out for "bulk billing" GPs, who will only charge the government rate. They are getting thin on the ground though.

Other GP practices, and specialists, will charge a fee and you will get part of that back from Medicare. Where I am there is a very good walk-in clinic which also does pathology and radiology services, all bulk-billed. You may find something similar in Perth, but it depends on which areas you are in.
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Hi we are moving to perth next year. What happens with things such as routine injections babies have, we have twins and things such as smear test.

one of my big concerns is health. My twins were born at 29 weeks and have eczema issues and one twin often gets weezy. For some reason im thinking they are behind medically. We are going on a 187 visa.
Having eczema and being wheezy doesn't mean one is "behind medically", as there is really no such thing. Many peple suffer from both conditions for their entire lifes. so you may just have to teach them to live with it.
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Originally Posted by Pollyana View Post
Having eczema and being wheezy doesn't mean one is "behind medically", as there is really no such thing. Many peple suffer from both conditions for their entire lifes. so you may just have to teach them to live with it.
I meant the Australian medical care not the babies 😂
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Thanks for your replies! I know I need to chill. We are moving to Geraldton so because its regional im stressing.

we will have PR as well
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Hi hope your well and good? I am not sure if you know this but Geraldton is not in Perth it is in WA though and around a 4.5 hr drive to Perth
I think the oooulapopu might now be near to 38000, it is a costal city and is the only city really in that area.

If you giodle bulk billed doctors in that area you can contact them and see if they are "taking on" patients. With bulk bill you pay a fee and then you Claim some of it back through Medicare , you pay for perscriptions , even child prescriptions you have to pay for ( well you did when we last lived in Australia it may of changed).

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Thanks for your replies! I know I need to chill. We are moving to Geraldton so because its regional im stressing.

we will have PR as well
Saying you're moving to Perth when you're moving to Geraldton would be like me saying I'm moving to London when in fact I'm moving to Middlesbrough in terms of driving distances. Both are about 414 km in distance, or a good 5 hours' drive.

Although Geraldton is regional it's not outback with nothing. You'll find all the services you need there. One of my good friends grew up in Gero and goes up regularly to visit family.
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With bulk bill you pay a fee and then you Claim some of it back through Medicare ,
Just to clarify, "bulk billing" doctors will not usually charge you a fee - they claim directly from Medicare. At least, the ones I have used do. Some practices may advise that they are "bulk billing", but often that is only for children or concession card holders (pensioners, unemployed, disability, etc.).
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Australian medical care is like UK medical care - very, very good in places and not quite as good in others. Depends where you live, but overall, mostly excellent. It's a bit different to have to pay for things (seeing the doctor as an adult is usually associated with a fee - unless you find a good bulk billing surgery, prescriptions are more expensive) but children seem to be well looked after (routine jabs, general health care).

I personally suffered with asthma and eczema in the UK and now don't have any symptoms at all - my allergies are not triggered here in Queensland, although I do know people who find it worse. Best of luck.
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Hi, We were not on any concessions etc and our medical practice was bulk billed, we did use to pay a fee and then we would claim it back from Medicare but we did not have the full amount returned to us because of the "gap" ( in the past we also use to use bulk billing doctors in the previous suburbs where we use to live and it was the same there) it was still much cheaper than going to a non bulk billed practice.
Just out of curiosity, do you still have to pay for child medication and dental work (not covered by the basic fillings and check ups that school students have) ? our youngest needed a bridge and braces, I nearly cried when told of the cost lol.
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Originally Posted by brits1 View Post
Hi, We were not on any concessions etc and our medical practice was bulk billed, we did use to pay a fee and then we would claim it back from Medicare but we did not have the full amount returned to us because of the "gap" ( in the past we also use to use bulk billing doctors in the previous suburbs where we use to live and it was the same there) it was still much cheaper than going to a non bulk billed practice.
Just out of curiosity, do you still have to pay for child medication and dental work (not covered by the basic fillings and check ups that school students have) ? our youngest needed a bridge and braces, I nearly cried when told of the cost lol.
Hey Brits, perhaps your practice advertised as bulk billed, but only offered that for concessions, children, seniors and those on GP management plans, as what you describe above is not bulk billing but patient account.
I realise this doesn't affect you any more, but the information may affect those reading it, so it is important to get the terminology correct.
Here's the government page about the difference between bulk billed and patient account (the latter is what you describe, although practices don't set up an account with you so it sounds confusing)
What is bulk billing?

From the site:
When you access medical services, you can be bulk billed or given a patient account for those services. Bulk billing is when your doctor bills Medicare directly and accepts the Medicare benefit as full payment for their service. This means you do not have any out-of-pocket expenses.

A patient account is when your doctor charges you a fee and you claim the appropriate portion of the schedule fee back through Medicare. The difference between the total account and your Medicare refund is called a 'gap payment' . If you need to see a doctor, you can ask if they bulk bill, and if they don't you can ask about the expected gap payment.

More information on bulk billing and patient accounts can be found at the Department of Human Services bulk billing page.

The benefits are paid straight into your bank account. You can claim your Medicare benefit in a number of ways such as:
  • at your doctor's office
  • through your Medicare Online account
  • via the Express Plus mobile app
  • by mail
These options are explained at the Department of Human Services website.
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I find bulk billing very confusing as my health centre does not actually bulk bill - they have posters up telling us this - yet recently when I go to pay the receptionist says "oh, she's bulk billed you for that".
I have yet to use the healthcare system for anything major (touch wood) but have been broadly impressed with access to primary care stuff.
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I find bulk billing very confusing as my health centre does not actually bulk bill - they have posters up telling us this - yet recently when I go to pay the receptionist says "oh, she's bulk billed you for that".
I have yet to use the healthcare system for anything major (touch wood) but have been broadly impressed with access to primary care stuff.
Our surgery doesn't bulk bill.

Except they do, if: you're on a GP management plan (such as for a chronic condition); you're in to talk about results they've got back; you're back because they didn't manage to sort it out the first time (or it's something ongoing, and they've taken pity on you); or if the doctor is having a really good day.

I have type 2 diabetes, so when I go for my quarterly check up, it gets bulk billed. If I go for anything that can be remotely classified as to do with my diabetes, I get bulk billed. Sometimes, I go with all kinds of random stuff and when I go to pay, the receptionist will say 'oh, he's bulk billed you for that', and I smile and go on my way. Mind you, they've just moved into flash new premises so I bet that stops
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Our surgery doesn't bulk bill.

Except they do, if: you're on a GP management plan (such as for a chronic condition); you're in to talk about results they've got back; you're back because they didn't manage to sort it out the first time (or it's something ongoing, and they've taken pity on you); or if the doctor is having a really good day.
None of the above apply to me! I reckon my GP fancies me, innit.
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