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Bulk billing doctors / medical service in Canberra?

By 30 January 2011 11

Does anyone know of a bulk billing medical service or doctor in the Canberra region?

Preferably Queanbeyan, Inner city (close to the lake) or close to Canberra Ave? Also one where you can generally get in without a long wait period if you get in early in the day.

Finally, if it is asking too much, with some non judgemental doctors?

I have some medical issues that need fixing but I am short of money.

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11 Responses to Bulk billing doctors / medical service in Canberra?
#1
BenMac10:06 am, 30 Jan 11

I think the medical on the corner of Coulter Dr and Nettlefold St do bulk billing. Ginninderra Medical Centre I think it’s called. Not in the area you want, but it’s the only one I can think of.

#2
beejay7610:21 am, 30 Jan 11

Gininderra Medical Centre has a charge now. Can’t remember what it is, but it’s way less than most medical centres. Maybe $20-$30 or something? The GP I saw there was very helpful, although I had a faint waft of disapproval floating my way (sporting injury, distance running).

#3
T1G3R10:24 am, 30 Jan 11

The only place i know that bulk bills is the west belconnen co-op. These guys make appointments so you dont sit arund like an asshole waiting for a doctor. Its good service but they can get quite busy and its a bit far. Its better than seeing a doctor that will charge 70 bucks anyway and make you wait an hour as well. I just try book an appointment around my schedule that would already involve me driving to that end of town as I live in whoop whoop too. Give it a try, you pay just an annual fee to see them and then you get bulk billed every other time.

The doctors there aren’t too bad either :)

#4
peterh10:48 am, 30 Jan 11

The medical practice in conder does bulk bill, but you need a health care card or need to be under 16 if you don’t have the card. Apart from that, I don’t think many places do bulk billing anymore. Does anyone know whether the walk in clinic bulk bills?

#5
Dazzlar12:36 pm, 30 Jan 11

How about here – http://www.familygp.com.au/PracticeInfo/StaffList.aspx? Maybe if you made an appointment for the week end it would be quieter. Good luck!

#6
Jack Kirby12:39 pm, 30 Jan 11

Depending on what your medical issue is I can heartily recommend the Walk-in Centre.
It is located at the Canberra Hospital, near the Emergency Department – there is 2 hour parking immediately adjacent.
No need for an appointment – just walk in! They are open convenient times – 7am to 11pm. I’ve never needed to wait to see the receptionist, then always less than 15 minutes to see a nurse. You’ll need to bring your Medicare card. For my minor complaints the nurses have always been thorough and professional – and spent much more time with me than my normal short GP visits.
In my previous visit I needed some medicine – this was provided by the Walk-in Centre with no need to visit a pharmacist, and no need to pay.
They seem to have a list of ailments they can treat – if it is a one-off relatively minor complaint then you’ll be right, if it involves on-going visits, complex tests, referrals to specialists, kids under 2, etc then you’ll need to look elsewhere.
The best thing – once you have finished with the nurse you can just walk out – no need to pay a cent!

Also something to think about is the Health Direct phone advice line 1800 022 222 available 24 hours/7 days for advice on if you need to see a doctor and the relevant timelines.

#7
Pork Hunt3:16 pm, 30 Jan 11

Crawford St Medical Clinic Qbn. Dr Stevenson.

#8
bean5:18 pm, 30 Jan 11

I don’t now whether or not they do bulk billing, but Dr Ian Mills (who I found through this link http://the-riotact.com/7471/7471 a while back now) is excellent, and the practise is run efficiently, so you can usually get an appointment same or next day.

#9
mamadetara5:33 pm, 30 Jan 11

One option is the indigenous health centre at Narrabundah. Their GP service is bulk billed for anyone who walks in. However, their specialist services (eg psychological) are for indigenous Australians only. Something to do with the funding sources. It’s in the modern light brown building on the community block oipposite Narrabndah shops right near the#5 bus stop from Woden to the City.

#10
cleo12:38 am, 31 Jan 11

Ainslie medical centre, Kaleen Dr Voons medical centre, Dr Smee in Dickson, you will need health care card.

#11
JustThinking6:20 pm, 02 Feb 11

Pork Hunt said :

Crawford St Medical Clinic Qbn. Dr Stevenson.

Agree.
The Dr’s there are usually pretty good.

Let us know how you go with this.

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