All you need to know about how we operate, and what to expect at your visit.
Will my podiatry consultation be covered by Medicare?
If you have been referred by your GP under a team care arrangement for chronic disease management, you may be eligible for medicare bulk-billing. This is generally only for initial assessments for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, or vascular disease. Unless you have a care plan, and the appropriate paperwork completed by your GP, there is no Medicare coverage for podiatry. If you are on a care plan, you will still have to pay for all extra treatments and procedures. We have a policy of fully informing of costs before proceeding with treatment of any kind.
Will my podiatry consultation be covered by my private health fund?
Yes, most health funds will cover a percentage of consultation fees and other costs if you have extras cover. Call your health fund to find out any details regarding rebates.
Do I need a referral to see a podiatrist?
No, you do not need a referral. Call our friendly staff to arrange an appointment.
I do have a sore foot/ ankle/ leg and no one else has been able to help. Should I see a podiatrist?
Definitely! Podiatrists are exclusively trained in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and lower leg illnesses and conditions. If we can't help you, no one can!
How much does it cost to see a podiatrist at Pioneer Podiatry?
The initial consultation cost will depend on necessary treatment. Our policy is always to fully inform of costs before proceeding with treatment. Orthotic therapy (arch supports) can cost between $150 - $500, depending on manufacture method. To give this price some perspective, custom orthotics can easily last up to five years, which would give you five years of pain free walking and standing for approximately 20 cents per day. Obviously, if you have private health cover, approximately half of the cost will be paid by your health fund.