This information is provided as a guide only. RMIT Student Services Group takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information or services supplied. Providers listed are not owned or operated by RMIT. Students should contact providers directly for further information. Updated March 2013.

Medical and nursing fees

The Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS) fee is set by the government and is the same for everyone in Australia. The doctor can choose to charge the MBS fee or more.

Standard consultation feesfor a doctor range from $35 to $70.

Make sure you confirm payment arrangements with the clinic when making your appointment and always take your current student ID card and health insurance details [e.g. Medicare or Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) card] to the consultation.

Payment is required at the time of your appointment by one of the following methods:

1. Cash, debit or credit card

You then submit a claim to Medicare as a local student or, if you are an International student to your health insurance provider. A gap fee* may apply.

2. Bulk billing or direct billing

Bulk billing means the doctor bills Medicare directly and you will not have to pay at the time of your appointment or submit a claim. A gap fee* may apply. As long as you have a Medicare card you can be bulk billed. Some doctors will only bulk bill full-time students. Don’t get caught out when making your appointment—make sure you confirm whether the doctor bulk bills.

3. Direct billing (international students)

International students with a current OSHC card are eligible to be direct billed if your provider has an agreement with the clinic. Direct billing means the doctor bills your insurer directly so you will not have to pay at the time of your appointment or submit a claim. A gap fee* may apply. Again, you should confirm this with the clinic when making your appointment.

*Gap fees and co-payments

The difference between the consultation fee and amount refunded is called a ‘gap fee’ or ‘co–payment’ and is non-refundable.

Dental fees

Medicare does not cover dental services unless you have a chronic condition, complex care needs or you are the holder of a Health Care card. As a local student you can take out private health insurance to cover dental services.

Standard Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) does not cover dental services, but international students have the option of extending their coverage to include dental treatment.

Standard consultation fees for a basic examination range from $40 to $68, x-rays range from $33 to $44 and cleaning range from $98 to $150.

Most dentists offer discounts to full-time students. Confirm when making your appointment and make sure you take your student card with you.