Dapto Healthcare will be introducing private billing fees from 20 June. The rising cost of medical equipment and the cost of living has not been matched by the medicare rebate in 10 years. As such we must change our operation to ensure that we can continue to offer GP services to the Dapto area. You can watch a story about this issue on A Current Affair here.
The freeze on Medicare has also lead to less doctors choosing general practice which has caused a current GP shortage in Australia. Please let your local federal MP know that the neglect of your healthcare is unacceptable and that you want your rebate restored and the freezes and the cuts reversed.
Flu Vaccines are now available at Dapto Healthcare. To ensure that we can provide flu vaccines to as many of our patients as possible we will be administering the vaccine in clinics. However, if you already have an appointment with a doctor and would like to get your flu vaccine please ask the doctor if they have time to give this to you.
Free flu vaccines are provided by the government to individuals who meet the criteria below:
Children between 6 months and 5 years
All Aboriginal persons above the age of 5 years
All persons over the age of 65 years
People over 5 years old with medical risk factors predisposing them to severe influenza
If you do not meet the above criteria you will need to book with a doctor to get a script for the flu vaccine. You will need to get this filled at the pharmacy and then return with the vaccine so that the nurse may administer it. If you have any questions or would like to book in for the flu vaccine, please give us a call.
COVID 19 VACCINE BOOSTERS NOW AVAILABLE
Individuals 18 years and older who have had two doses of a Coronavirus vaccination are now eligible to receive a third dose to increase their immunity. This third booster dose is administered a minimum of 3 months after the second vaccination dose. Book with your GP if you are unsure if you are eligible or wish to discuss if this is right for you.
Telephone consultations are available for those who have attended a face-to-face consultation with one of the doctors within 12 months. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please phone the surgery to confirm.
MY HEALTH RECORD
The Australian Government has legislated that a My Health Record will be created for all Medicare and Department of Veterans' Affairs card holders in Australia by the end of 2018, Unless they choose not to have one.
My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information such as medical conditions,medicines,allergies and test results in one place.
If you are happy for a My Health Record to be created for you by the end of 2018, you don't need to do anything. If you would like to learn more about My Health Record and it's benefits,or about how to inform the government that you don't want a My Health Record,visit myhealthrecord.gov.au
There will be a three month period commencing 16 July 2018 when you can inform the Government of your choice to opt out of the My Health Record system.This period has not yet started.If you would like to register for when it does commence,please visit myhealthrecord.gov.au.
RADIO DOCTOR ILLAWARRA
After Hours Home Visits call the Illawarra call centre on: 4228 5522
Available: Weeknights Monday - Friday 7pm to 6am
Weekends: Saturday 12pm to Midday to Monday 6am
Public Holidays: 24hours
ALL YEAR ROUND - ACCEPTING CALLS 1 HOUR PRIOR TO START TIME - BULK BILLED (Medicare)