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Do I need a referral to see a doctor at Alana Healthcare for Women?

If you are a Medicare card holder and wish to claim the Medicare rebate, you will require a referral from either a GP or specialist to entitle you to claim your Medicare rebate.  GP referrals are valid for 12 months from the date of your first consultation, and specialist referrals are valid for three months from the date of your first consultation.  Your referral needs to be addressed either to Alana Healthcare or the doctor you will be seeing, with the Randwick rooms address on it. Unfortunately, if you referral is addressed to another practice location Medicare will not accept it.

Medicare ineligible patients or patients who do not wish to claim the Medicare rebate do not require a referral to attend our service.

If you are attending an appointment with our specialist physiotherapist you may be eligible to claim a Medicare rebate if you are referred from a GP under a GP Management Plan (GPMP).  Not everyone is eligible and you will need to speak to your GP to find out.  You can find more information about eligibility criteria on the Human Services website.  If you are not eligible to claim your physiotherapy visit through Medicare, you may be able to claim through your private health insurance, subject to your level of cover.