Doctors of South Melbourne is a private billing practice.
For regular consultations, the out-of-pocket fee* for Medicare cardholders is:
$74.00 out-of-pocket: Monday – Friday (8.30 am – 5.30 pm).
$91.00 out-of-pocket: Monday – Friday (after 5.30 pm) and all day Saturday.
We charge the same out-of-pocket fee for long appointments (30 minutes) and standard appointments (15 minutes). This encourages patients to book the appointment duration their GP needs to address their health concerns best.
It also helps the doctors run on time and not keep you or others waiting.
Not sure whether to book a standard or long appointment? Have a look at our ‘Appointments’ FAQ.
Telehealth Consults: Credit Card Required to Book
People making telehealth appointments must provide a credit card to secure their appointment.
Your card details are securely managed through HotDoc, Australia’s largest and most trusted medical booking platform, with 8 million active patients.
Payment will only be processed after your appointment, and we won’t know, keep, or store your credit card details.
How it Works
- When you make an appointment, you’ll be prompted to enter your credit card details into HotDoc to secure your booking.
- You have 90 minutes to do so before your appointment is canceled and offered to another patient.
- Your credit card will automatically be charged the appointment fee once your appointment has finished.
- We’ll then submit your Medicare rebate online. Medicare will refund to your nominated bank account.
Pregnancy (Shared Care) Consultations
For pregnancy care**, the out-of-pocket fee* for Medicare cardholders is the same regardless of the appointment duration. To provide the best quality care, all pregnancy consultations are 30 minutes long:
- Monday – Friday (8.30 am – 5.30 pm): $96.00 out-of-pocket
- Monday – Friday (after 5.30 pm) and all day Saturday: $113.00 out-of-pocket
Please look at our fact sheet for info on how Medicare rebates impact pregnancy (shared care) consultation fees.
Practice Nurse Fee
Due to Medicare rule changes, all nurse appointments now cost $32.00. No Medicare rebates are applicable.
This includes immunisation appointments to administer vaccines – including those on the National Immunisation Program Schedule. The usual costs of private vaccines and procedures are additional to the nurse fee.
We’ll waive this fee if you’ve paid to see a GP at the clinic on the same day as your nurse appointment.
The City of Port Phillip provides government-issued vaccines at no charge for eligible people.
General Info on Fees & Payments
Extra charges apply for services such as minor surgical procedures and travel vaccinations.
Fees for all appointments and services are payable after each consult. We accept Visa, MasterCard and debit cards.
We don’t accept cash, Amex, or direct debit/bank transfers.
If you don’t have a Medicare card, your appointment cost will depend on many factors. These include the reason for your appointment, how long you spend with your GP, and whether you have insurance. Please speak with our friendly receptionists for more information.
At the time of your payment, we’ll credit your Medicare rebate to either your debit card or the bank account you’ve registered with Medicare.
If you’ve reached your Medicare threshold for the calendar year, your out-of-pocket costs will be less than those stated above. Visit Medicare’s website and search for ‘thresholds’ if you’d like more information.
* The ‘out-of-pocket fee’ is the final cost to you after deducting your Medicare rebate.
** Pre-pregnancy appointments are charged at regular consultation rates.