Medicare + Essendon Sports Medicine Sports Doctors
All of the sports doctors at Essendon Sports Medicine are trained doctors, who continuing their specific training in the field of sports medicine.
Therefore, Medicare rebates are applicable to the consultation fees when you see a sports doctor, just like when you see your usual GP.
As of April 2022, the Medicare rebates are the vicinity of $38 for an initial consultation and $21 for a review consultation.
At Essendon Sports Medicine, once you have settled the consultation fee, we will do all the processing of your Medicare rebate so that the funds are in your account as soon as possible, usually the next day! There shouldn't be any need for you to do anything else.
As Medicare assists with consultation fees for Sports Doctor consultations in Melbourne, private health rebates are not applicable.
Private health insurance doesn't apply to Pilates Instructor led classes at Essendon Sports Medicine. It does work with Physiotherapy led classes, which are hosted onsite by our colleagues from Melbourne Sports Physiotherapy. We've set our fees with this in mind.
Initial Pilates Assessment and Program Creation
Pilates Instructor led class - 45 mins (you must undergo an initial assessment prior to any classes)
No, you don't need a referral to see a Sports Doctor in Melbourne.
Sports Doctors are similar to your local GP, in that anyone can come and see them, and Medicare will assist with covering some of the cost of the consultation.
The sports doctors at Essendon Sports Medicine have undergone extra training to be experts in their field of sports medicine, and are available to everybody.
A lot of people are referred by their local GP, physio, osteopathy, podiatrist, chiropractor or massage therapist to see a sports doctor to gauge an extra insight to someone's condition or to assist with diagnosis and create the plan to a speedy recovery.
To most accurately determine your diagnosis, your sports medicine practitioner will need to see you move, so wearing a singlet, shorts or other clothes that may be rolled up, or removed easily will help.
We don't recommend skin tight jeans for example if you need to assess your knee, as they don't roll up.
We have towels and spare shorts that you can use if your current clothing is hindering the assessment.
Overall, don't worry too much about this, we've got you covered, and successfully manage this on a daily basis.