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Get a physician near you, OSHC.
Selecting a Bupa-friendly physician can make it easy for you to see a physician. For urgent medical needs outside your doctor's regular opening times, call the National Home Dr. Service 13 SICK (7425) to schedule a home medical check. When you are outside the National Home Doctors Service area, please refer to our schedule of other after-hours visits that may be appropriate.
When you are looking for a fast-track specialist to offer immediate care for non-life-threatening health needs, look for WiSE walk-in people. The WiSE Walk-in Specialist Emergency Clinic at Macquarie Park Sydney provides immediate emergency and accident care for patients who need more than a family doctor's appointment but are unlikely to need hospitalization.
Please see WiSE medial for more information. You can consult any general practitioner (also known as GPs) who has your Bupa OSHC affiliation. Bupa kind physician, also known as the Direct Billin' Dr., is a family physician who has an arrangement with Bupa to directly forward your bill to us.
Occasionally, you will not be charged for visiting a Bupa-friendly physician, but it is a good suggestion to contact your doctor's receptionist when making an appointment and not to miss out on your Bupa OSHC member ID and your students' ID with you. Unless your physician has an arrangement with Bupa, you may have to foot the daily bill for your medical care and then send your bill to Bupa.
Choosing a physician or a clinic
Your health insurance gives you the choice - you can choose who will treat you and where you will be cared for. The cost of your medicine in your pockets can be another crucial consideration - if your claims do not meet your doctor's charges, you may end up paying the balance known as "the gap". Members can prevent large gaps by selecting a physician who will participate in the HCF Medecover program.
In order to find one, go to Find a participating provider. Find a participation provider. How to find one? When you have already selected a physician, he will tell you from which hospital you are operating, but even here the payment of gaps can be a problem. HCF members can receive complete care in HCF member clinics (for the benefits specified in their guidelines). In order to find one, go to the cooperating clinics.
As we know, it can be difficult to take the necessary amount of patience to cope with your health. On-line GP consultation is not available from Medicare or private health insurance, but as an HCF member you will receive a 15% rebate on GP2U's regular tariffs (starting at $69 for 15 minutes).