Jump to content
14 replies to this topic
Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:01 PM
I'm considering changing my doctor....quite simply, I've just moved to Perth, and I had such a fantastic doctor in Brisbane, who'd been my doctor for the past 7 or 8 years. The only doctor I've seen over here only private charges and I just don't agree with having to pay when we have the medicare system in place. I'm not 100% happy with him anyway - he's very different to my old doctor, and I just don't really connect with him.
I'd like recommendations for doctors, preferably bulk-billing, on the northside of Perth (I'm in the Wanneroo area). A doctor who isn't afraid to give me all the information, good or bad.
Thanks for your help!!
Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:34 PM
I may be wrong but I have found most of the doctors around me (Duncraig area) don't bulk bill I am not sure if this is the case across all of Perth???
The clinic I go to only bulk bills health care card patients or children. They do put the charge through and claim the medicare rebate at the counter so I don't have to pay the full amount which definitely makes it easier.
Good luck finding a new Doctor I had to go through the process last year.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:08 PM
Prendiville Ave Medical Centre in Ocean Reef has some good doctors. They always fit children in if you're worried, even if they are fully booked. They only bulk bill children under the age of 6 and healthcare card holders though. You'll be hard pressed to find a 100% bulk billing practice these days I think.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:19 PM
There's a large banner on Wanneroo Rd that says 'Bulk Billing Doctor' (assuming it's not the normal 'only for cildren and adults on health care cards' type. I'll get the number next time I'm driving past and pm it to you
Otherwise I can highly recommend a fantastic doctor in Joondalup? She bulk bills at her own discretion (both DD & I are bulk billed). She has a great reputation, and is absolutely lovely.
Edited by 808state, 23 February 2013 - 03:20 PM.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:51 PM
Sorrento medical centre bulk bills everyone. Some lovely drs too. They are on harman rd in Sorrento. ph 92461455
Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:38 PM
I would suggest looking at healthengine.com.au and seeing if any recommended here are participating practices.
I have no affiliation with that site but it has helped me out twice now. So easy to find an appointment.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:39 PM
I've been finding it really hard to find a good local GP in Perth since moving back from over East 12 months ago. I've continued with a GP I saw from a decade ago a few suburbs over, but she doesn't bulk bill and is difficult to get in to. The local ones I've tried haven't really been working out and although a few have bulk billed children, I haven't come across any that bulk bill adults. Very different from the suburbs of Sydney where I used to live.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:39 PM
I second the suggestion for Sorrento Medical Centre, we see Dr Soloman and he is lovely, great bedside manner and very happy to talk to you rather than just prescribe and dismiss like many others.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:41 PM
That sounds promising mused - that's the type of doctor I'm after. My doctor back in Brisbane was exactly like that, and since he'd known me and my background (both medical and my educational), he was always willing to discuss things that perhaps he wouldn't have with the 'lay-person'. I'll look into Sorrento - I don't mind the short drive...I was driving 45 minutes to see my old doctor, LOL.
808state, I would also be interested in your doctor in Joondalup. Could you please let me know her details?
Thanks for the tip Jupiter...I'll check out that website too
Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:11 PM
Depending on the time of day Whitfords Ave Medical Centre also has bulk billing appts.
Perilya Ave Medical Centre (cragie) also bulk bills all appt (although I wouldn't go there unless it was a last resort)
Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:04 PM
I used to live in the ocean reef area, and don't remember ever being bulk billed. In Perth it is definately not the norm to bulk bill patients.
I now live sor now so am not much help, but there are 2 doctors close to me that are fully bulk billed practices. However I don't think I will change, as I love my gp too much!
As pp have said, generally doctors only bulk bill children and health care card holders .... I didn't realise until I read your post that this is something different to the rest of Australia!
Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:17 PM
In my experience, the bulk billing doctors I've been too are pretty awful. They try and see as many patients as possible which often results in a 3 minute appointment and they hurry you out as quickly as possible.
Bulk billing doctors tend to move around a lot so you can miss out on that continuity of care.
Thankfully I'm in good health so only have to visit a dr once a year. When I do go, I'd much rather pay the $ to see a doctor who actually listens, takes their time and explains things.
It still costs me less than having my nails done.
Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:01 PM
Brighton Beach Medical Center in Merriwa bulk bills most appointments except after 2.30pm I think. The doctors there are really good. And often can get an appointment quickly especially for kids. They have a pathology lab in the rooms. There is also a pharmacy next door who is also really good and well priced and a great dentist practise next door to that.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:06 AM
I went to the Sorrento medical centre yesterday (only appointment I could find nearby on the public holiday). I had quite bad tonsillitis but I swear it was the shortest medical appointment I have ever had. It was the first time I have been bulk billed in 20 years.
About 10 years ago the govt. introduced an incentive for GP's to bulk bill kids u/16 and as a result many were doing it. Gradually the GP's seem to be cutting back on this, making it only for certain times and now many are doing it just for u/5's. A lot of places don't even bulk bill HCC holder
Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:44 AM
808state, I would also be interested in your doctor in Joondalup. Could you please let me know her details?
Just PM'd you the bulk billing Dr on Wanneroo Rd - will send another message with the Dr mentioned in Joondalup. in other words - disregrd the first PM
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!
Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.
While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?
Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.
As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.
Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.
A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.
You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.
We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.
Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.
The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found.
As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?
Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.
Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.
In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.
The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.
A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.
A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.
Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.
A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.
A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.
Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.
Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?
I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.
February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.
This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.
Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.
A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.
She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.
If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?
With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.
We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.
Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.
If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
Win a KitchenAid Mixer
To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.