Do I Need A Referral?

The short answer is NO, you don’t need a referral to see a Podiatrist. Podiatry falls into a category of Medical related sub-specialties known as Allied Health. Allied Health includes such areas as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Dental, Chiropractic, Dieticians and others. You are able to choose your own allied health practitioner and contact them to make an appointment whenever you need to.

Some people are given referrals by their doctor or other health practitioner such as orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, sports physicians or diabetic educator to see a Podiatrist which is always welcome. We will liase with your referrer to keep them abreast of any management and outcomes with your particular issue.


Medicare (Bulk Billing)  or Department of Veterans Affairs Referrals

Some people will get a Medicare or DVA referral from their Doctor and this will enable the Podiatrist to seek payment for their treatment from the Federal Government. There are certain criteria related to your health that need to be met before the doctor can give you a Medicare referral. It usually means you have specific chronic problems such as arthritis, diabetes or vascular disorders which make your foot health a very high priority. There is no harm in asking your doctor if you qualify for a medicare referral, it may enable you up to 5 bulk billed podiatry visits each year, a considerable saving.

Department of Veterans Affairs Gold card holders or White card holders with a pre-acknowledged foot condition will qualify for bulk-billed or federally funded podiatry care.

Contact Bentley Podiatry today for more information.