Home Visits and Saftey
The doctors at Blacksmiths Family Medical Practice will only do house calls to his/her own patients and reserves the right to refuse to attend a home visit if he/she feels as though their safety is at risk. The doctor may choose to see the patient at a different location.
Workers comp and third party patients are required to pay for their visit at the time of attendance.
We ask that all private accounts be paid at the time of consultation. If patients are having difficulty paying fees we encourage you to contact reception to speak to our friendly staff.
Please note that Dr Michael Joseph can offer bulk billing for pensioners Veteran Affairs cardholders and Centrelink Health Care Card Holders
Dr. Brianna Joseph gives a discounted fee to pensioners and Health Care Card holders. Most Veteran Affairs patients are bulk billed.
General Information about Home Visits
Currently, Dr. Michael Joseph is the only practice GP who is performing urgent home visits. It is important to note that these visits are under his own discretion and are usually special circumstances relating to his existing well-known patients.
Outside business hours, Dr. Michael Joseph’s patients are encouraged to call 0413183722 and leave a message. Dr. Michael Joseph will endeavor to return their call as soon as the opportunity arises.
We kindly ask that patients be considerate and only call after 11 pm if it is an urgent matter that cannot wait until 7 am the following morning.
If urgent care is required during surgery hours we encourage patients to come to the practice. We are happy to arrange enhanced privacy with alternative access to the practice. If in the event a patient is too sick to come to the practice, Dr. Michael Joseph can visit the patient at their home or place of care if they are local and a patient of the practice. This means that Dr. Michael Joseph will do home visits from Belmont South to Swansea North.
Costs for a Home Visit
During business hours: $130.00 – Medicare rebate is $63.00
After business hours: $160.00 – Medicare rebate is $129.8
If you have any questions regarding this service, please contact reception during business hours for more information. If you contact the practice after hours, we have up to date instructions via voicemail on how to arrange a house call.