Referrals

As we are a specialist medical practice, Medicare Legislation requires that a patient is referred to Dr Hornsby by an approved Referring Practitioner.

Your general practitioner, optometrist or another current specialist are approved Referring Practitioners.

You must have a valid referral to ensure that you will be paid your rebate entitlement from Medicare.

All new patients must have a valid referral as this also provides Dr Hornsby with the reason for your consultation and any relevant health issues or conditions.

A referral from your GP or Optometrist is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. A referral from another specialist is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Therefore we advise that you obtain your referral as close to your appointment date as possible.

If you have yearly appointments, then a new referral is required for each appointment.

The referral letter must include:
  • Date
  • Patient Name
  • Date of birth
  • Reason for referral
  • Practitioner name
  • Practitioner provider number
  • Medical history is advised (if possible)
  • Medications (if possible)

It is solely the responsibility of the patient to ensure that they have a valid referral.
Medicare prohibits our staff from obtaining a referral for you.

Changes to Medicare have included the option of referring a patient to a specialist on an indefinite basis where long term ongoing care of a particular condition is appropriate.

A difficulty may arise when a patient has been referred with an indefinite referral for a particular condition and subsequently develops another different disorder. The ongoing referral does not cover the second and different condition and a new referral must be obtained for that new condition.

Referral letters with an indefinite duration are suitable only where long-term and periodic monitoring or care of a condition is expected.

Standard referrals in the usual manner are required for a patient developing separate ophthalmic disorders, which require the attention of an Ophthalmologist.

One can still visit an Ophthalmologist without a referral but a Medicare benefit will not be paid towards the cost of the visit.

This is so for overseas visitors and for legal and insurance examinations.

A Statement from the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

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“A referral from a GP, Optometrist or current Specialist is required before an initial consultation with an ophthalmologist in order to receive a Medicare benefit for that consultation.
One can still visit an Ophthalmologist without a referral but a Medicare benefit will not be paid towards the cost of that visit. This is so for many overseas visitors and for legal and insurance examinations.

In general, referrals from GP’s and Optometrists are for 6-12 months and from another Specialist for 3 months.

Changes to Medicare have included the option of referring a patient to a specialist on an indefinite basis where long term ongoing care of a particular condition is appropriate.
A difficulty may arise when a patient has been referred with an indefinite referral for a particular condition and subsequently develops another different disorder. The ongoing referral does not cover the second and different condition. In such circumstances the patient can only receive, a rebate for an “initial consultation in a single course of treatment” if appropriately referred.

Referral letters with an indefinite duration are suitable only where long term and periodic monitoring or care of a particular condition is expected.

Standard referrals in the usual manner are required for a patient developing separate ophthalmic disorders, which require the attention of an Ophthalmologist.”
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Address

Suite 15, Mater Medical Centre
76 Willetts Road
Mackay QLD 4740

Phone

(07) 4942 3301

Fax

(07) 4942 9815