Our Bulk Billing Policy

General Policy

We bulk-bill all Medicare eligible treatments. Bulk billing means no gap payment and no unexpected out of pocket expense. Where a scan is not Medicare eligible, payment will be required at the time of your appointment.

Appointments usually covered by Medicare include:

  • Most diagnostic X-rays, CT scans, Ultrasound scans, where referred by a GP
  • Some MRI scans, where referred by a GP (please see list further below)
  • Interventional Pain Treatments, where referred by a GP
  • Some treatments referred by Physio, Chiropractors and Podiatrists. Check with your specialist when obtaining your referral or call any of our practice locations to obtain pricing information.

Appointments generally not covered by Medicare include:

  • Preventative imaging – where the patient is not experiencing symptoms but would like to investigate their risk of developing disease. This includes Whole Body MRI, Visceral Fat Assessments, Advanced Dementia Screenings, and CAC Scoring.
  • Cosmetic procedures – CoolSculpting® fat reduction and ResurFX™ skin rejuvenation.


This list does not account for all possible appointment conditions and types. Medicare rules are very strict. Please ensure you check whether you will owe a gap payment at the time of booking and be prepared to pay (where necessary) at the time of your appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, call any of our practice locations during business hours and you will be provided with any additional information you need. We accept payment over the phone when you make your appointment, or on the day via cash, card, Eftpos or cheque. We do not accept AMEX. Adelaide MRI bulk bills the cost of all eligible examinations to Medicare on the day of the examination in most circumstances.

Which MRI scans are Medicare-eligible?

Medicare has very specific guidelines about which examinations are eligible.

  • For patients older than 16 years of age, Medicare will cover MRI scans of the brain, spine, and knees where GP referred. This applies only to certain conditions.
  • For patients younger than 16 years of age, additional scans are eligible for a rebate, where GP referred. These include scans of the head (brain and sinus), spine (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar), hips, elbows, and wrists. This applies only to certain conditions.
  • Your specialist doctor can also refer certain adult patients for Medicare-eligible MRI scans. This applies to a limited number of conditions.

Fees apply only where an MRI scan is not Medicare-eligible. Please ask your doctor or speak to our reception staff when booking if you are unsure about the eligibility of your scan, and they will be able to provide current pricing information.

My scan is Medicare eligible. What will I pay?

We bulk-bill all Medicare eligible scans. Bulk billing means no gap payment and no unexpected out of pocket expense.

Only when a scan is not Medicare eligible will payment will be required.

You can check if your scan is Medicare-eligible when booking. Medicare has very specific guidelines about which examinations are eligible for rebate.

Will you charge if my referral form is for a different provider?

It is your choice where you have your scan or procedure. You may book an appointment at any Adelaide MRI practice with any request form at no additional charge. Fees apply only where the requested service is not Medicare-eligible.

My doctor has requested physical copies of the images. Do you charge for these?

Sometimes your doctor may require traditional large-format plastic images (‘hard films’). If so, let us know and we will print plastic images for you – a surcharge of $20 applies for these copies.

How much do interventional & pain management treatments cost?

We bulk bill ALL Medicare eligible interventional treatments. Please check at the time of your appointment whether your procedure will be eligible for a rebate.

Do you bulk bill cosmetic treatments?

No. These services are not covered by Medicare. To obtain up to date information on our competitive pricing, please call any of our practice locations.

Which payment types do you accept for treatments not covered by Medicare?

We accept cash, card, Eftpos and cheque, but do not accept AMEX.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Medicare obstetric scans subject to new rules by Medicare.


All obstetric scans at Adelaide MRI will now attract a fee, with some scans eligible for a partial rebate.

All other Medicare eligible scans are still bulk billed at Adelaide MRI - ie: no upfront fee.

Adelaide MRI is committed to keeping all scans that do attract fees as affordable as possible.

COVID 19 UPDATE

Adelaide MRI are committed to ensuring the safety of our patients and staff.
In line with the guidelines issued by the Australian Department of Health for healthcare environments we are undertaking all the necessary precautions as well as some additional measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All sites continue to operate through this time of uncertainty. Should you require an appointment please call (08) 8440 7700 or (08) 8440 7799 and we'll aim to provide you with one promptly.

Effective Immediately, we are no longer opening Saturday mornings.

Payneham and Woodville sites will be open from 9am to 6pm Mon - Fri.

Elizabeth and Goodwood will be open from 9am to 5pm Mon - Fri.

Thank you for your understanding