A referral from your general practitioner ensures that they will receive a consultation report from your dermatologist. This is important for mutual communication and to keep your medical records and recent health and drug history, up to date. Obtaining a referral should be done prior to your appointment booking with us.
A valid referral will allow you to claim the Medicare rebate for a service rendered, be it for the consultation or for any procedures that attract a rebate.
Please check the validity and expiry date of your referral letter with our administration staff when booking your subsequent visit.
Please note that certain procedures such as cosmetic procedures do not attract a rebate.
You may however make an appointment to consult a dermatologist without a referral. But please note that there is no Medicare rebate without a valid referral. If you are an overseas visitor/student not registered with the Australian Medicare system, you can make an appointment to consult a dermatologist but there is no Medicare rebate applicable.
A referral from a general practitioner is generally valid for 12 months from the date of the referral.
A referral from another specialist is only valid for 3 months.
A new referral is required if you seek advice and treatment for a different condition. It would be inappropriate to ask one of our staff members to contact your doctor for a referral.
An indefinite referral is only accepted when a specific condition requires ongoing long-term follow-up care, necessitating visits every 3-4 months.
If the gap between visits is longer than this then a new referral should be obtained every 12 months. This is to maintain the validity of your referral.