FEES   From 1 October 2019   (Inclusive of 15% GST)

We welcome the government and SDHB’s plans to make General Practice appointments more affordable.

In good faith we have adopted a reduced fee of $19 for a standard consultation for those who present a valid Community Service Card.  The fee reduction is only available for patients and dependents with a current community services card.

                                                                               Community Card                           No card

Child under 14                                                                     no charge                              no charge

CSC card holder                                                                  no charge                               no charge

14y to 17y                                                                                     $13                                       $28

18y to 24y                                                                                     $19                                      $38

Funded Adult over 24y old                                                       $19                                       $45

ACC non cardholder                                                                   $20                                      $45

Care plus                                                                                       $15                                      $22

These fees apply to usual ordinary daytime medical consultations for enrolled and funded patients.

Extras like referral letters, forms, long consultations, travel, and procedures dressings will incur extra costs.

Prescriptions phoned                                      $20

Steroid Injections                                           $40

Not enrolled, non-funded Adult                     $82

Not enrolled, non-funded Child <14            $20

House calls                                                        $85

Surgical procedures cost varies avg          $220

Jadelle device placement consult +$70 note  this may be free for some groups – please ask

IUCD /pipelle consult+ $70 but free for some groups – please ask

Smears by Nurse are free for some groups otherwise a usual consultation fee applies – please ask

Childhood Immunisations / Weight / BP / Pregnancy Test – no charge

There is a fee ($20) for telephoned prescriptions for children under 14

Vercoe Brown does provide publicly funded subsidised maternity care in the first 3 months of pregnancy as well acute care in the second and third trimesters

Where appropriate we do telephone consultations. A fee applies that will depend upon time taken.

Failed doctors’ appointments, without adequate notice incur a fee of $30.  Failed nurse’s appointments incur a fee of $20

Subsidised care funding does not include consultations related to accidents, Driver’s License examinations, Insurance Company reports, sports related medical certificates etc.

Flu vaccinations are free for those over 65 and those with certain medical conditions-  ask staff re eligibility

Our goal is to continue to provide high quality care. However, we may need to make changes to manage increased demand and you might need to accept changes to the services we have previously provided.  We expect that reduced fees will result in people attending the practice more frequently, when we are already running close to full capacity. We are also faced with increased bureaucracy and paperwork that happens outside the consultation – the “invisible” work that we do, often after hours and over weekends.  We anticipate:

  • a longer wait for routine appointments – please plan for this when requesting a review and renewal of your prescriptions.
  • increased demand for ‘on the day’ appointments. We will need to screen these more carefully according to need. For some medical problems you may be directed to a nurse appointment, or other health service provider.
  • we will need your help to be realistic in what we can manage in one appointment time. If you know your problem is complex, or you have several issues to cover, please anticipate this by making a double appointment time, or expect we may need to schedule a second consultation.