Buderim Emergency Centre fees & payments

Fees & Payments

Buderim Emergency Centre
12 Elsa Wilson Dr, Buderim QLD 4556

Hours of operation

Buderim Emergency Centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including public holidays.

We are always here and ready to help.

Fee Schedule

Typical out-of-pocket fee
Standard Rate$350
Concession and children up to 16 yoa$200
WorkCover$0
Eligible Veterans’ Health Card$0
Overseas Travelers$550+

A visit to our private Emergency Centre costs $350 for most patients and $200 for concession card holders and children under the age of 17

What Medicare Covers

Your standard Emergency Centre fee is inclusive of the Emergency Centre specialist consultation, radiology and pathology.

Accounts are prepared after the consultation. Patients are required to finalise their account after they see the doctor and before they leave the Emergency Centre. Reception staff will provide more information, answer any queries, and complete an Informed Financial Consent with you. EFTPOS and credit card payment systems are available.

To make things simple our normal fee is a $350 out-of-pocket expense, payable on the day as you leave the Emergency Centre.

The remainder of our costs are covered by Medicare, which can vary depending on the duration and complexity of your visit. With your approval, this Medicare component will be billed to Medicare on your behalf.

For example…

You may pay $400 by credit card as you leave, and have $90 deposited into your savings account, meaning that you are only out-of-pocket $310 overall. A longer visit might mean a cost of $480 with a $170 rebate, but again that means you are only out-of-pocket $310.

If you need services such as x-rays or blood tests, these will also be paid for by Medicare. The main exception is an accelerated test for infectious disease, which can cost $50. These fees and Medicare claims will come via our partners such as QML Pathology and Buderim Private Medical Imaging.

When Payment Is Required

Please pay as you leave. We accept:

  • EFTPOS
  • Credit Card (Mastercard or Visa)

Only Medicare contributes to your visit, not Private Health Insurance.

Private Health Cover

Private Health Insurers do not regard a visit to a privately-run emergency department as an overnight hospital stay, and therefore will not accept claims for your out-of-pocket costs. Of course you can claim other hospital expenses that your policy covers, should our Emergency Doctors find that you need to be admitted.

Admission To Hospital

In the event that you do need to be admitted to our private hospital, we will confirm that your private health insurance covers the particular condition at the time. If you do not have applicable insurance coverage, we will discuss options with you – for example the hospital may require payment upfront to be admitted.

GST

No GST is payable on our charges as this is a health care service.

Concession

A concession rate is available to certain patients such as:

  • Pension card holders
    (Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card)

This rate is a discount on the consultation.

WorkCover

If you have an accident at work or other health issue and believe that it can be claimed on WorkCover QLD or via self-insured companies, we charge the fees prescribed by the government for reimbursement by Workcover.

There will be no out-of-pocket costs.

As you leave we will give you an invoice to include in the claims process. Please note however that should the claim be denied, you will be required to pay the bill (e.g. if not found to be work related).

DVA

Services to Veteran’s Health Card holders are paid for by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs which means no out-of-pocket expenses for you with the appropriate DVA Health Card (gold).

Overseas Travellers

Travelers from overseas countries are not generally eligible to claim the Medicare rebate from the Australian Government. Therefore we charge $550, plus the cost of Medicare consultation fees, tests or other services from our partner providers. You may be able to claim this back from your travel insurance provider depending on the policy you have.

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