Billing & payments
To make a payment to Castlereagh Imaging Tamworth online, please click here.
All patients are advised of the total cost of their exam before their exam is performed.
By calling our Patient Services Department on 132 336, one of our friendly consultants will provide you with an accurate and up-to-date price on any examination you require.
If you hold a current Government Pension Card or a Government Healthcare Card then you will be bulk billed for the vast majority of examinations performed by Castlereagh Imaging Tamworth.
Billing and Medicare Contributions
|PATIENT CATEGORY||OUT OF POCKET EXPENSE||BILLING CATEGORY|
|Government Pension or Healthcare Card Holders (Outpatient)||No*||Bulk Billed*|
|Private Patient (Outpatient)||Yes||Private Fee|
|Privately Insured Hospital Inpatient||No||Schedule Fee|
|Non-Insured Hospital Inpatient||Yes||Schedule Fee|
*With the exception of early pregnancy ultrasounds, some specialised interventional procedures and any service accessed outside the normal operating hours.
Glossary of Terms
|Out-of-pocket Expense||The out-of-pocket expense is the difference between the Medicare rebate and the fee charged, see ‘Gap’|
|Bulk Billed||A patient who is bulk billed is not charged on the day therefore will incur no out of pocket expense. The Medicare rebate is submitted direct with Medicare Australia.|
|Schedule Fee||This fee is set by the Medicare Benefits Schedule and can be used as a guide for organisations to set their private fee.|
|Private Fee||This is the private fee that has been set by the organisation performing the examination.|
|Gap||The gap is the difference between the Medicare rebate and the fee charged, see ‘Out-of-Pocket Expense’|
|Medicare Benefits Schedule||This document, produced by the Federal Government outlines the rules and regulations for obtaining a Medicare rebate, the rebate amount and the Scheule Fee amount.|
Medicare – How It works
For each service you receive from us, there is a Medicare Benefits Schedule Fee (outlined in the Medicare Benefits Schedule – MBS) which is set by Medicare Australia. The MBS is a complex set of rules and regulations, set by Medicare Australia. There are numerous exceptions with some examinations not receiving a rebate at all. Our friendly consultants at Patient Services can assist with any further enquiries you may have.
For more information on the MBS visit the Medicare Australia website.
The information provided is correct at time of publication and subject to change without notice.