The X-Ray Group radiology clinics offer bulk billing services. Bulk billing occurs when the medical practitioner bills Medicare directly, accepting the Medicare rebate as full payment for the service (this is sometimes also referred to as direct billing). Under these arrangements no additional charges relating to the service can be made, consequently there is no out of pocket cost to the patient.
Medicare is the Commonwealth funded health insurance scheme that provides free or subsidised health care services to the Australian population. It provides free hospital services for public patients in public hospitals through the Australian Health Care agreements with the States, subsidises private patients for hospital services (75 per cent of the Schedule fee) and provides benefits for out-of-hospital medical services such as consultations with GP's or specialists (85 per cent of the Schedule fee).
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