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What does a podiatrist do?

Podiatrists are university qualified allied health practitioners. Podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of medical and surgical conditions of the foot and lower limb. Our feet carry us so far in life, therefore it is important to ensure that they are looked after properly by your podiatrist.We meet with you to determine the nature of your problem and design a treatment program specifically for you.
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Do I need a referral to visit Podiatry Illawarra?

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 Podiatry Illawarra bulk bill?

No. We charge a small gap for patients with a valid enhanced primary care plan (EPC) from there GP.

Does private health care 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 Podiatry Illawarra 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 my to see my GP?

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. 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 available from Wollongong to Coledale

How do I contact Podiatry?

Simple call (02) 4283 2566 or contact us online  for more details.

Does Podiatry Illawarra 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.

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