What is a Podiatrist?

A Podiatrist is a health professional that deals with all things to do with your lower limb and foot. Whether you need assistance with meeting your basic foot care needs (nails, corns and callus), or have foot pain, a Podiatrist will be able to help.

Does my private health insurance cover Podiatry?

Yes most extra’s cover within your private health insurance will cover Podiatry. It is important however to check you cover prior to your appointment as it will affect how much of a rebate you receive.

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 referred to as the Medicare Plus or Enhanced Primary Care plan (EPC) allows those eligible to claim back some of there consultation fees with certain allied health professionals. To be eligible for rebates though this Medicare plus scheme 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 5 visits per year with your Podiatrist.

Does the practice see Department of Veterans Affairs Patients?

PodMED Podiatry Centre welcomes referrals for patients under the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Do I need a referral from my Doctor to see a Podiatrist?

No. You only need a referral to see a Podiatrist if you are with the Department of Veterans Affairs, or are on the Medicare plus scheme.

Further Information

Australian Podiatry Council
Australian Podiatry Association
Diabetes Australia