Referrals to specialists are required if you wish to claim the Medicare rebate for your consultation. Please check that your referral is up-to-date before your visit to a specialist.
An appointment is needed for all new referrals.
When appropriate, referrals for review of the same condition may be provided without a consultation if you have seen the referring doctor within the past 3 months and that there have not been any changes in your information (personal details, symptoms, medication) since your last visit to the specialist. A fee applies.
Referrals cannot be backdated. A fit-in appointment with your usual doctor or another doctor may be offered where possible on the day of your specialist appointment for a referral to be written. A referral written on the day of your specialist appointment may be possible without a consultation if appropriate (a fee applies).