FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We hope that these FAQ’s will help to clear up any unanswered questions you may have.

DO YOU BULK BILL?

Richlands Medical Centre has moved to mixed billing. This means that we will be charging a fee on top of Medicare for consultations, both face to face and telehealth. Patients under 16 years old and patients over 16 years old with a Health Care Card and/or Pension card will be bulk billed.

 

Dr Angela Bowman and Dr Leo Schneider-Fensky's patients who are over 16 and without a Health Care/Pension Card will no longer be bulk billed. All of Dr Angela Bowman, Dr Edward Kwok and Dr Leo Schneider-Fensky's patients booked on Saturdays will be privately billed.

 

Dr Edward Kwok, Dr Loreta Blanco and Dr Farron Young may continue to Bulk Bill their regular patients.

 

For further billing enquiries, please discuss with your GP at your next visit. 

 

STANDARD APPOINTMENT (≤15 MINUTES):

Upfront fee: $85 

Medicare Rebate: $39.75

Out of pocket cost: $45.25

LONG APPOINTMENT (>20 MINUTES)

Upfront fee: $140

Medicare Rebate: $76.95

Out of pocket cost: $63.05

PROLONGED APPOINTMENT (>40 MINUTES)

Upfront fee: $200

Medicare Rebate: $113.30

Out of pocket cost: $86.70

STANDARD TELEHEALTH CONSULTATION (>6 MINUTES) 

Upfront fee: $85

Medicare Rebate: $39.75

Out of pocket cost: $45.25

LONG TELEHEALTH CONSULTATION (>20 MINUTES)

Upfront fee: $140

Medicare Rebate: $39.75

Out of pocket cost: $100.25

HOW MANY DOCTORS ARE THERE?

We have five doctors working at Richlands Medical Centre; Dr Edward Kwok, Dr Angela Bowman, Dr Loreta Blanco, Dr Leo Schneider-Fensky and Dr Farron Young.

HOW MANY PRACTICE NURSES ARE THERE?

We have four Nurses working at Richlands Medical Centre; RN Ny, RN Linh, RN Marcus and EEN Olivia.

WHY DO THE RECEPTIONISTS ASK FOR MY DATE OF BIRTH, ADDRESS AND CONTACT NUMBERS EACH TIME I COME IN FOR AN APPOINTMENT?

Correct identification is vital for your safety and maintenance of confidentiality. It helps to minimises the risks of misidentification of patients. The receptionists must ask for at least three identifiers each time you arrive for an appointment, which can be;


  • Patient name (family and given names)

  • Date of birth

  • Gender (as identified by the patient themselves)

  • Address

A Medicare number is not an approved identifier.


If you are a patient that is very familiar to the practice team, it may appear irrational to check your identity, but you may have an identical name to another patient.

HOW LONG ARE APPOINTMENT TIMES?

A standard appointment time is 15 minutes.  If you think you will require a longer appointment time, please inform the receptionist when booking. We suggest a longer appointment for the following reasons;


  • More than one patient seeing the doctor – even if it is for the same thing

  • Pap smears

  • Drivers Licence renewal/ certificates

  • Diabetes review

  • Excisions/Procedures

  • Several  topics to discuss

  • Implanon insertion/removal

  • Pre-employment medicals

  • Care plans

CAN I CALL FOR MY RESULTS?

You are able to call and speak to reception to check if your results have been received by your doctor. The reception staff can tell you whether your results have come back as “discuss” or “no action”. They cannot give you any more information than this. If your results come back as “discuss” you will need to book an appointment with the doctor.


The amount of time it takes for results to come back will depend on the specific test/procedure you have done e.g. blood test, pap smear, x-ray. This can vary from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks.

WILL SOMEONE CALL ME WHEN MY RESULTS COME IN?

We use a recall and reminder system for abnormal test results, pap smears, vaccinations, immunisations and health assessments as well as any other health areas that require you to return to see your doctor. You will either receive a text message, phone call or letter on/to your provided contact information. Although we make every effort to contact you, it is always best to call and check to see if you need to return to the practice. If you have attended another practice to discuss any recalls or reminders we would very much appreciate you letting us know so we can remove the reminder or recall from our end. 

WHY DO I SOMETIMES HAVE TO WAIT A LONG TIME TO SEE THE DOCTOR?

Despite our best efforts to keep appointment times on schedule, there are several factors that can cause delays. Some examples of this include;

  • Medical emergencies

  • Later arrivals

  • Appointments that haven’t been booked for the appropriate time length.

You are welcome to phone the practice prior to your appointment to check whether your doctor is running on time at that point. We will do our best to give you a rough estimate of how the doctor is running at that time.

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE NURSE?

Yes. You will need to book an appointment with both the doctor and the nurse if you want to see the nurse. In order for the nurse to carry out a task, they require doctor authorisation. Some examples of appointments that also need to be booked with the nurse include;


  • Childhood immunisation

  • Dressings

  • Ear syringe

  • ECG

  • Annual Health Assessment

  • General Practice Management Plans/Team Care Arrangements

  • Vaccinations

CAN I ORDER SCRIPTS, REFERRALS AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT OR OVER THE PHONE?

No. If you require any documentation you will need to book an appointment to come and see your doctor. This includes but is not limited to;

  • Prescriptions; including repeat prescriptions

  • Referrals; including updated referrals

  • Mental health care plans and reviews

  • Medical certificates

  • Filling out forms

  • Reprinting of lost documents

Can’t find the answer to your question? Give us a call!