Outpatient medical services and general treatment
Medicare covers outpatient medical services, but not general treatment such as dental, which can be covered by private health insurance.
If you visit a doctor outside a hospital, Medicare will reimburse 85% of the MBS fee for medical treatment - this applies whether or not you hold private health insurance. In most cases, if your doctor bills Medicare directly (bulk billing), you may not have to pay anything.
|Can provide cover such as:
The extent of cover will depend on the type of private health insurance you take up.
- Dental examinations and general treatment (for example simple fillings);
- Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, eye therapy, chiropractic services, podiatry or psychology services;
- Complementary therapies, for example acupuncture (unless part of a doctor's consultation)
- Glasses and contact lenses; and
- Hearing aids and other appliances.
|Provides benefits for outpatient medical services such as:
- Consultation fees for doctors, including specialists;
- Tests and examinations by doctors needed to treat illnesses, such as x-rays and pathology tests; and
- Eye tests performed by optometrists.
Did you know?
Did you know that Medicare does not provide everyday extras health cover such as dental examinations and treatment, glasses, contact lenses and a host of other services that can be covered by private health insurance? These costs quickly add up for you and your family since they are often the most utilised.