Do I need a referral from my Doctor to see a Podiatrist?
No. You only need a referral to see a Podiatrist if you are with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Workers Compensation or are on the Enhance Primary Care Plan (Medicare).
Does Medicare cover Podiatry?
Yes, BUT only to those eligible and referred by a G.P. Medicare implemented a scheme in 2004 for those with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, long term arthritis and vascular disease. This scheme is referred to as the Enhanced Primary Care plan (EPC) allows those eligible to claim back some of their consultation fees with certain allied health professionals. To be eligible for rebates though the Enhanced Primary Care Plan your G.P is required to put you on a care plan. This care plan will allow you to claim back a rebate on up to a maximum 5 visits per year with your Podiatrist.
Does Western Sydney Podiatry Bulk Bill?
Yes, for patients with a valid Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) and Medicare card, both of which must be presented prior to or on the day of your appointment before treatment commences.
Does my private health insurance cover Podiatry?
Yes, most private health insurers provide podiatry cover under their ancillary tables. It is important however to check your cover prior to your appointment as it will affect how much of a rebate you receive.
Does the Western Sydney Podiatry see Department of Veterans Affairs Patients?
Yes, we welcome referrals for patients under the Department of Veterans Affairs. For Department of Veterans Affair patient’s please note your G.P must provide a referral on their letter head or submit a D904 form prior to treatment.
Why do I need to make an appointment?
Although we are happy to discuss some things over the phone, it is impossible to accurately diagnose or give you advice unless we actually see something in person.
What should I bring to my appointment?
For all new patients please bring a list of your current medications and medical history. For patients with wounds if you are on antibiotics please bring these with you and any diagnostic images you may have including: xrays, ultrasounds, and MRI. For patients with sporting or occupational injuries please bring any referrals and diagnostic images, a pair of shorts to change into and your work shoes, and shoes used for exercising or most commonly worn.
I think I need an Xray or Ultrasound do I need to see my G.P?
No, if your podiatrist believes further investigations are required for a diagnosis or to assess the integrity or damage of a structure they may order an xray or ultrasound. Podiatrists at Western Sydney Podiatry will refer you to one of our preferred providers who bulk bill Medicare for our patients. In cases where we believe an MRI or bone scan are necessary we will liaise with your G.P or specialist.
Do you provide home visits?
Home visits are provided at the discretion of the podiatrist and are generally reserved for patients who are infirm and homebound.
How do I contact WSP?
Simply call (02) 4722 3003 or CLICK HERE for more details.
Does Western Sydney Podiatry use HICAPS?
Yes. Simply present your private health insurance card at your time of consultation and we will claim your rebate back at the time of your consultation.
What is HICAPS?
HICAPS is a way to electronically claim your private health insurance rebate at the time of your consultation.