Fees

Choose your health cover category above to learn about any fees that may apply to your Night Doctor visit.

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front consultation fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $49 $181
Booking after 9pm $69 $225
Booking after 11pm $89 $245
See public holiday rates

Public holiday rates

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front visit fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $75 $207
Booking after 9pm $95 $251
Booking after 11pm $115 $271

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front consultation fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $39 $171
Booking after 9pm $49 $205
Booking after 11pm $59 $215
See public holiday rates

Public holiday rates

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front visit fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $65 $197
Booking after 9pm $85 $241
Booking after 11pm $105 $261

Patients must show a valid commonwealth concession card to the doctor on their arrival to be eligible for concession rates. Eligible cards are: a Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by either Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front consultation fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $39 $171
Booking after 9pm $49 $205
Booking after 11pm $59 $215
See public holiday rates

Public holiday rates

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front visit fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $65 $197
Booking after 9pm $85 $241
Booking after 11pm $105 $261

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front consultation fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $49 $181
Booking after 9pm $69 $225
Booking after 11pm $89 $245
See public holiday rates

Public holiday rates

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front visit fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $75 $207
Booking after 9pm $95 $251
Booking after 11pm $115 $271

You must show a valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) card to the doctor on their arrival to be eligible for OSHC rates. You will be charged 'No Health Cover' rates if you do not have a valid card.

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front consultation fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 11pm $0 $0
See public holiday rates

Public holiday rates

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front visit fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 11pm $0 $0

We bulk bill all DVA Gold patients. You must show a valid DVA Gold card to the doctor on their arrival. If you do not have a valid card you will have to pay for your visit and claim the rebates from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front consultation fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 11pm $0 $0
See public holiday rates

Public holiday rates

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front visit fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 11pm $0 $0

We bulk bill all Aged Care Facility patients.

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front consultation fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 11pm $0 $0
See public holiday rates

Public holiday rates

Out-of-pocket fee

(the gap)

Max up-front visit fee

(incl. the gap)

Booking before 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 9pm $0 $0
Booking after 11pm $0 $0

We bulk bill all Disability Care Home patients.

Visit fee

Booking before 9pm $249
Booking after 9pm $269
Booking after 11pm $289
See public holiday rates

Public holiday rates

Visit fee

Booking before 9pm $275
Booking after 9pm $295
Booking after 11pm $315

We will issue overseas travellers with a receipt to allow you to claim the visit fee back from your insurer.

Translation service

We are able to offer a translation service to patients. Please inform the receptionist at the time of booking if you wish to have a translator arranged for the consultation and what language you wish the translator to speak.

The cost of translation is $35 per 15 minutes.

There are three components to your bill:

  1. The gap. This is the out-of-pocket fee for your visit
  2. The maximum upfront consultation fee. This is the maximum amount you will have to pay for your consultation, and consists of The gap plus the Medicare rebate you are entitled to from Medicare or Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) fund.
  3. Additional fee(s) occasionally apply for optional procedures and are fully refundable by Medicare or OSHC funds. These fees will only be charged if necessary and with your consent.

A gap fee is essentially the out of pocket cost to the patient for a medical service. It is the difference between the fee patients pay for a consultation and what they will receive back from Medicare.

Medical Practices use Gap fees to clearly indicate to patients their out-of-pocket costs, as Medicare billing is complicated and the overall cost of the consultation can not often be calculated until after it is completed.

You need to make sure you have sufficient funds available on your card to make the payment. When you book, the maximum upfront cost (excluding additional optional procedure fees) will be told to you by our receptionist.

We will take payment at the start of the visit using a portable eftpos machine carried by the Doctor’s assistant.

If you are unable to pay at the start of the visit then the visit will be terminated and you will be sent a bill for a missed appointment, to cover the Doctor’s time spent navigating to your house. There are no exceptions to this policy.

On arrival we will need:

  • your Medicare card
  • the card you want to make your payment with (Credit or Debit cards accepted)
  • if eligible for instant Medicare rebate with Medicare Easyclaim we will need a debit card to put your rebate back onto (Eftpos, Visa Debit or Mastercard Debit cards only). This can be a different card from the one you use to make the initial payment.

We are unable to take cash payments or split payments.

Veterans with DVA Gold cover

All patients with DVA Gold cover are bulk billed.

Patients in Aged or Disability Care Homes

Patients in Care homes have limited access to medical care and it is often very difficult for them to go to the GP or the Emergency Department. Many do not have the financial ability to pay for a home visit.

We have made a commitment to continue bulk billing Aged Care Facility and Disability Care patients if their regular GP is affiliated with our service.

When we opened in March 2016 we were a fully bulk billed service. Many of our patients will remember our unsuccessful campaign in 2017 launched against the Government's proposed cuts to After Hours home visits. On the 1st of March 2018 the Federal Government went ahead with significant cuts to the Medicare rebates for many home visit items. For many Doctors this resulted in 23-45% cuts on the fees paid by Medicare for providing home visits. The Government has forecast the after hours cuts will bring savings to the budget of $276.4 Million dollars by June 2022.

Finding GPs to work after hours has been a challenge for decades and this is why the Government originally incentivised the creation of after hours services. After the cuts in March 2018 many Doctors left the after hours industry due to a significant reduction in earnings and it has been extremely difficult to recruit Doctors to replace them. The hours are unsociable, there are inherent risks and the current remuneration from bulk billing is inadequate to make it an attractive role.

The cuts in March 2018 have made many after hours services non-viable businesses. After hours services Australia-wide are struggling to recruit Doctors and remain financially viable and many have closed down. One of the largest services in WA filed for insolvency in January 2019.

Some services may be able to continue bulk billing by having a willingness to compromise on providing quality care to ensure financial viability. However, we are not willing to threaten our reputation by reducing the high quality of care we are best known for. This means that our service is not financially viable if we continue to bulk bill all patients. We are faced with the difficult decision to either charge fees or close the service down. We have worked tirelessly for more than 3 years to build Perth’s highest quality after hours service and we are not willing to close down. We have made the decision to start charging a gap fee as of June 2019. We understand that some of our patients will be disappointed by our decision but unfortunately we can not continue to operate if we can not pay our staff and overheads.

Yes. You will be charged $160 and you will not be able to claim any of the money back from Medicare. You will not be able to use our service again until the bill has been paid.