Hi all, I used to get my prescriptions directly from my specialist, who used to mail out new scrips to me when my existing prescription was used up. My specialist recently told me that they will no longer be providing new scripts, and that I needed to see my GP for a new prescription script when necessary. I saw the GP today for a new prescription, and was surprised at the high cost. I was in the GPs room for literally like two minutes, and was charged $53 for an item 23 level B surgery.
Considering that used to pay nothing to get a new prescription, this price was very surprising to me, and I was wondering if this sounds correct? This is just for the new script to be clear, no medication was supplied.
Unfortunately navigating Australia’s complex health care system is not something anyone teaches you in schools…
Any advice would be appreciated, specially any tips on how to get this cost lower in future. I understand the price charge is before the rebate, I will be out of pocket about $16. I was just very surprised that this wasn’t a bulk bill item, considering that no medical diagnosis was performed, and also the very short consultation time.