What is OSHC?
Overseas Student Health Cover is the insurance cover that overseas students in Australia are required to take out. It should cover any medical costs that come up while they are studying in Australia.
Do I need to pay for my consultation if I have OSHC?
This is dependant on the level of cover and provider you have selected.
Upon contacting our practice, our friendly receptionists will ask you for some information so they are able to contact your healthcare provider and check your level of cover for you.
This will result in no out of pocket costs for you to pay on the day.
Do you have interpreters available?
If you give us some notice prior to your appointment, we can arrange one for you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What about Medicare, can I get that?
Medicare is Australia’s national healthcare system which offers citizens (and some overseas visitors) access to healthcare for free or at a reduced cost.
Whether or not you are eligible for Medicare depends on a variety of factors which are based on your own personal circumstances. To see if you are eligible for Medicare, click here. Some countries might have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia, you can find a list here.
I have Medicare, what happens when I need to see a doctor?
If you have an emergency, please call 000.
If you need an appointment with a GP, you need to ensure you take your Medicare card with you to your appointment. Some practices will bulk bill your appointment if you have Medicare. Shaw Road Medical Centre is a mixed billing practice, please see our fees here.
What does ‘Bulk Billed’ mean?
Bulk Billing is a term used in the Australian healthcare industry which refers to the charge for your consultation being sent directly to Medicare.
If you chose to see a bulk billing GP, it means that your benefit is assigned to that doctor, instead of you. If you see a private billing GP, you will pay a portion of out of pocket costs directly to that GP and your benefit will come back to you. The portion that comes back to you is called your rebate.
How do I get my Medicare rebate back?
At Shaw Road Medical Centre, we operate TYRO which means we can pop your rebate directly back into your account. Please note, it cannot be transferred onto a credit card.