You may be able to access health care at no cost. Learn what bulk billing is, and how to access it.
What bulk billing is
Bulk billing means you don’t have to pay for your medical service from a GP or specialist. Your GP or specialist bills us instead. They accept the Medicare benefit as full payment for the service.
Not all GPs and specialists bulk bill. You should check if yours does when you make an appointment. To find a GP who bulk bills, use the find a health service tool on the healthdirect website.
You’ll need to pay for your appointment if your GP doesn’t bulk bill. You may be able to claim some of this money back from us.
You can be bulk billed for a medical service if you’re enrolled in Medicare. Read more about who can get bulk billing.
What bulk billing covers
Bulk billing can cover:
- visits to GPs and specialists that bulk bill
- tests and scans like x-rays and pathology tests
- eye tests performed by optometrists.
If you have a concession or health care card, you may be able to get bulk billed services.
Maya went to her GP to discuss a few health concerns. While she was there, her GP advised her to get a flu vaccination and a blood test to check her iron levels.
Maya’s GP bulk billed her. This means she didn’t have to pay for her appointment.
Maya did have to pay for her flu vaccine. This is because we don’t cover the flu vaccine for most adults. Maya paid a total of $20 to cover the flu vaccine.
Maya asked her GP how much the blood test would cost. Maya didn’t have to pay for this test because the pathology lab that tested the sample chose to bulk bill.
Use the find a health service tool on the healthdirect website to find a bulk billing GP or specialist near you.