Billing and Fees
At UCMI we believe in providing premium diagnostic imaging for everyone. While we try to have our services bulk billed to Medicare, some tests or procedures will attract an out-of-pocket fee. This charge reflects the skills and costs involved in offering a top-quality imaging service.
No matter which type of service you require, our helpful staff will explain the billing process when you book your appointment.
If you do need to pay any out-of-pocket fees, you will be asked to settle the balance of your account on the day of your procedure. Our staff will then lodge the claim to Medicare and your health fund on your behalf. Medicare Claims lodged by UCMI Staff will normally be reimbursed by Medicare within 24 hours. Inpatient health fund reimbursements can take up to a few days.
You can find out more about our billing policy or which services attract an out-of-pocket fee by simply contacting your local UCMI Clinic.
Medicare Safety Net
If you are paying large amounts towards your outpatient medical expenses, you may be entitled to receive an extra rebate via the Medicare Safety Net. To find out whether you qualify for the Medicare Safety Net, visit the Medicare Australia website or call the Medicare hotline on 132 011.
Government Freeze on Medicare Rebates for Radiology
Medicare rebates for Radiology Services have not been indexed since 1997. The failure of successive Governments to resume the indexation of Medicare rebates for Diagnostic Radiology services have resulted in all Radiology providers been required to absorb the increasing costs of providing Medical Imaging services to Australians year after year.
Industry bodies such as the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association and the Australian Medical Association have recognised the need for Government action to restore indexation of these rebates. This position is strongly supported by UCMI in order to continue to provide the best possible service to our patients.