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Woodville Road Medical & Dental Centre

OSHC and International Visitors with our Doctors

preventive care and healthy lifestyle
preventive care and healthy lifestyle

See one of our Merryland Doctors for a 100% rebate on your health insurance for OSHC students and international visitors!

Our clinic fees are designed to benefit our patients. We only charge the Medicare rate (MBS rate), which means you do not have to pay anything out of pocket . Nearly all insurances (even a most basic level of cover) will cover the MBS rate at the bare minimum. Here are a few reasons to pick our clinic for your next GP visit!

  1. Zero cost GP visits !
    If you are worried about the out-of-pocket payment, don’t worry, we will never make you pay to see our GP’s! We only charge what all insurances cover and claim it instantly with your insurance card, so you would never have to open your wallet.If you are unsure, give your insurance agency a call and ask if they cover the medicare rate or MBS rate. Most other clinics specifically charge an out-of-pocket expense for students and visitors because they know you have to claim it back later. If you don’t get the full amount, they usually say it is something you need to discuss with your insurance. We are not like that. We specifically aim to help our patients get the most out of their insurance. We are transparent with how we do things, so in a sign of good faith you can ask your insurance what they cover on the following GP consultations:
    • Level B consult – Item 23 – $38.75 (Consultation between 5mins -20mins)
    • Level C consult – Item 36 –  $75.05 (Consultation between 20mins -40mins)
    • Level D consult – Item 44 – $110.50 (Consultation above 40mins)
      • Updated 26/4/2021 – If prices above change due to medicare paying different amounts for these services they will be updated to the MBS rate ONLY (never more).
      • We understand most international students have it tough when it comes to living expenses, jobs, and university fees. We don’t want to make it tougher than it needs to be, which is why we try to go the extra mile for our international visitors.
  2. Direct claiming for NIB, AHM, BUPA on GP visits!
    As a bonus for patients that are with NIB, AHM, or BUPA- you don’t even need to put your money on the line. We claim directly from our terminal using ONLY your private health insurance card and nothing else! This is extremely useful when you are short on cash flow and NEED to see the doctor. The other benefit is you don’t have to sit and wait to see when the insurance will pay you, or what percentage the insurance will pay! Everything is handled internally for your peace of mind!
  3. Zero Costs Pathology visits!
    We go the extra mile for our international patients and make sure that they do not get charged any out-of-pocket expenses for any kind of blood tests, spirometry, ECG, or any other testing. The item numbers for pathology services are dependent on what you require to get tested, but rest assured we only partner with Pathology companies that do not charge anything extra other than the MBS rate!
  4. We are accommodating!
    We have doctors that are fluent in multiple languages and can understand your exact needs. There is no need for translators who may translate incorrectly on your behalf when our doctors know the language. Our doctors can speak Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Urdu. If there are any issues with billing we are more than happy to address them!

OSHC students and international visitors get a 100% Rebate with Woodville Rd Medical and Dental Centre

Understanding the Medicare system for OSHC students and international visitors

We understand that there are heaps of questions behind a medicare system that OSHC students and international visitors may not be familiar with when it10050 comes to GP consultations. Rest assured it is not as complex as you might think.

  1. Medicare covers the majority of all GP and pathology services. Medicare cards are given to PR and Australian citizens.
  2. Private health insurance is for International visitors and OSHC students to make sure they are covered for any basic health needs.
  3. When you come in for a consult as an international visitor or OSHC student, your private health insurance covers the cost of your GP visit usually up to the MBS rate. On higher levels of cover, it might cover more.
    • Some clinics recognize this and charge extra to the OSHC insurances, but usually, it’s international patients or students that end up paying that extra money.
    • We DO NOT charge any out-of-pocket expenses and only charge the MBS rate.
    • If your GP clinic has direct claiming from the HICAPS terminal then you can claim directly from the Insurance. In this instance, you won’t have to pay any money upfront. If a GP clinic is old school and doesn’t have direct claiming, then you will need to pay upfront and hope that your insurance pays the full amount (indirect claiming). In this instance, depending on the item numbers placed and how much they charged you- you may not get the full amount back.

For example

      • Clinic 1 Direct claiming (Woodville Rd Medical and Dental).
        1. After your consult, you would wipe your private health insurance card on the terminal.
        2. That is it. Job all done. Simple as that. No money exchanged.
      • Clinic 2 Indirect claiming (Generic other clinics).
        1. After your consult, the doctor will let you know which item it is and how much you will need to pay. Now, this is where it gets tricky.
        2.  If it’s a Level B consult, and you for example you are charged $70 then you must pay $70 at the counter.
          1. You will then have to send the claim to your insurance.
          2. But insurances typically only pay the MBS rate which is below (item 23 – $38.75)
          3. Which means they will only reimburse you $38.75 in a few days or a week. You would be out of pocket by $31.25.

Well, how could you know what the item was and whether there would be a gap? Who do you complain to that you had to pay $31.25? If you had asked how much the consultation was before, then you have gotten the response, “It depends on the duration of the consultation” (Scroll down for more information about consult duration and item numbers). Couldn’t he have charged me a higher-level consultation instead of a lower-level consultation? (medicare audits the time and would be illegal).

How is our clinic different?

Our clinic is designed to make your experience in health better. We run off word of mouth, and if you do have a good experience at our clinic, please let your friends and family know! We are here to listen to your needs and address them. We want to provide value-based service that is affordable. Below are all the benefits you get from coming to our clinic vs our competitors!

Other services Available At Our Merrylands Clinic for OSHC students and international visitors

The Woodville Road Medical Centre has a wide variety of services available to assist you with any kind of GP visit.

We have a gifted team of doctors and GP’s capable of treating a wide variety of physical and psychological ailments, with female practitioners available if that is your preference. Our Medical Team also includes a Surgical Consult should surgery be required.

In addition, our Allied Health team is an invaluable asset in getting you back to health. Their fields of expertise include:

  • Physiotherapy and In-house Physio (Usually Private unless your health insurance covers)
  • Dietitians (Usually Private unless your health insurance covers)
  • Podiatry (Usually Private unless your health insurance covers)
  • Exercise physiologists (Usually Private unless your health insurance covers)
  • Dentists (Usually Private unless your health insurance covers)

Our Merrylands Medical Team promises to stay on the patient’s side of things and strive to set patient-orientated goals. We are upfront about what items potential have gap and approximate prices on what that might be. Nothing is more important to us than your health, and your ability to get back on your feet and back to health comfortably.

Please call for any questions on (02) 9681 5880 and our lovely staff will help out with any issues.

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Free Child Dental and Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS)

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How does the child dental benefits scheme work?

The Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS) was put in place to provide free care to all children in the Western Sydney Area, for example Merrylands, Guildford, Granville and more. The main benefits of the scheme are as follows:

  1. Free dental screening for all children at our clinic
  2. Children eligible for CDBS will have treatment done under Medicare and have no out of pocket expenses at our clinic
  3. Children who are not eligible for CDBS will be given a treatment plan so that parents can choose to proceed with treatment if they wish to. Please note we have payment plans for families undergoing financial hardship.

What does this include:

  1. Full comprehensive exam and X-rays (FOR ALL CHILDREN)
  2. Fluoride treatment to strengthen all teeth and reduce risk of decay (FOR ALL CHILDREN)
  3. A Parental and child education about how to brush properly and what adult teeth parents can expect to come through & which baby teeth will start to fall out (FOR ALL CHILDREN)
  4. Any required treatment, including fillings, nerve treatments, extractions, or any other treatment required covered under CDBS scheme with no out of pocket expense. (CBDS ELIGIBLE CHILDREN ONLY)

Why do we do this:

It is our greatest hope that by doing these oral health projects, we will help all children in our community to have better oral health and not miss out on life’s opportunities. We truly believe that good oral habits that are instilled when young, will be life long habits that may one day change the future of a child. We sincerely hope you take advantage of this opportunity and help the kids of our community. Please remember that all children must be accompanied by an adult during these sessions.

We provide discounts for families who book, however this is at the discretion of the dentist.

Call us on (02) 9681 5880 or Book Now Online

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Dental 0% Interest Free ZipPay Payment Plans!

Dental Payment Plan ZipPay
Dental Payment Plan ZipPay

May 8, 2021

Dental 0% Interest Free ZipPay Payment Plans!

ZipPay is a type of Buy Now Pay Later service. It allows you to get your dental work done today, and pay off the work as you feel free as a payment plan. We use ZipPay to allow you to get the work you need and deserve at an affordable rate on a payment plan.

What does a Dental Payment Plan through ZipPay allow me to do?

Dental payment plans allow you to get to your dental work, including cosmetic, all done under a payment plan.

Treatments that can be done on a payment plan and the associated minimum contributions per month:

  • Veneers – $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Invisalign – $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Crowns – $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Bridges – $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Dentures – $80 per month on ZipPay
  • Root Canals – $80 per month on ZipPay

Not all clinics have a payment plan. We are specifically associated with ZipPay to ensure you have the flexibility of 0% interest payments for 6 months.

How do I get the process started?

To get the process started you need to make a ZipPay account. You can make one online before your appointment, or you can come in and our staff can help you before your appointment. We do not accept ZipPay after an appointment if you have not already created an account. Please make an account before the appointment (either arrive early or do it online), to prevent any issues making a ZipPay account. 

Book online today and have your dental work done through a 0% interest ZipPay Payment Plan

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Dental Payment Plans and how it works

When you work with ZipPay for dental payment plans, ZipPay pays the clinic and you pay ZipPay back for money borrowed. ZipPay is a flexible Dental Payment Plan which allows you to have no fixed timeframe on repayments other than the minimum contribution to your monthly payments. In some cases where the required funds are excessive, there is an establishment fee to create the order, but ALL ZipPayment under $1000 has no establishment fee. In addition, the only fees that have not been discussed are the monthly account fee of $6.

Summarisation of fees

  • Any ZipPay account incurs a $6 per month on any money owing
  • Establishment fee for any ZipPay account above $1000
  • Minimum repayments of a minimum of $40

If you are in pain

Our private dental clinic is exceptional at getting patients out of pain. We pride ourselves on working hard and working late to meet your needs. We are open till 8 pm on all weekdays and are also open on the weekends.

If you are in pain, please give us a call or book online and we WILL slot you in so you are seen on the day! A Dental Payment Plan can cover your needs for the emergency visit.

Book online today and start with a 0% interest ZipPay Payment Plan

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How long is the approval process for ZipPay

ZipPay account application and approval are approximately 10 minutes. Once you finish the approval is immediate

Merrylands Bulk Billed Varicose Vein Removal

Varicose vein bulk billed removal
Varicose vein bulk billed removal

April 13, 2021

Merrylands Bulk Billed Varicose Vein Removal

5 Reasons to get Varicose veins removed!

  1. Aesthetics
    Varicose veins can look quite disfiguring, and they only get worse as time goes by. It’s a sad truth, but by leaving varicose veins unattended, the swollen vein gets worse and is harder to repair. Your options for solving varicose veins are sclerotherapy or surgery. Sclerotherapy is relatively non-invasive and can be just as effective compared to surgery in the majority of circumstances. If you are concerned about your varicose veins, read below on our process (bulk billed) on how to get rid of them!
  2. Constant pain, throbbing, and tenderness in the legs
    This needs no explaining. Once it gets to this stage, it is quite debilitating. It takes more energy for your body to circulate the same amount of blood. There is of course the risks of blood clots and these can lead to dire consequences such as strokes and heart attacks. Prevent is better than cure. If you think you have varicose veins, or are concerned about long-standing veins, please make a consult with our surgeon, who will assess and let you know the best course of action. We have bulk-billed these consults for your benefit.
  3. Skin sores and ulcers
    Skin sores and ulcers occur as certain parts of the body take more pressure and have repeated friction. These areas are usually when the varicose veins have started to bulge and they take more pressure than other areas. This ulceration and soreness brings about more swelling and makes the varicose vein bulge more.
  4. Blood clots
    As the vein gets rubbed against, it is quite fragile. Bleeding can occur internally as blood clots and can cause bruising or floating blood clots in the body.
  5. Bleeding from the veins
    As mentioned previously, veins are fragile. Veins are usually wrapped inside the body and well protected. When they come to the surface, any small trauma can cause the vein to pop and this can be quite dangerous. Bleeding out is rare, but it can be quite traumatic to deal with. It is best to dissolve these veins before that cause havoc in your life. If you would like to get more information on varicose vein removal, please discuss with our bulked billed surgeon. The process is listed below.

Book an appointment with a GP, and get a referral to see Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas

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What is really going on in a varicose vein?

Come to our Merrylands Clinic for surgical varicose vein removal. Varicose veins are enlarged blood vessels that form beneath the skin surface. The one-way valves in the veins that would normally channel the blood back to the heart do not function properly, causing blood to ‘pool’ in the veins. These veins can become large, painful & unattractive and can cause symptoms such as tired, heavy, aching, burning, itching or cramping legs.

Depending on the severity of your varicose veins they may be suitable for injection therapy. This procedure can be done in my rooms. No preparation is required. We will advise you on your first consultation whether your veins are suitable. If your veins are suitable you will need to purchase a pair of gradient compression stockings before the procedure being carried out. There are several brands available (Venosan, Jobst etc) and most large chemist shops carry a range.

Our varicose vein removals are performed by our talented surgical consultant, Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR SURGERY

 Book an appointment with one of our GP’s to obtain a referral. This appointment is Bulk Billed for your convenience

👉 When you’ve obtained your referral, book an appointment with our surgeon, Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas. Dr Lingathas is available 5 days a week. This consultation is also bulk billed.

👉 Come in on Treatment day! The surgeon’s fee is bulk billed.

Please note: Any procedure incurs a $150 facility fee to cover the costs of any medication, sutures, or materials used as medicare does not reimburse our clinic for those items. Doctors and surgeons fees are Bulk billed if Medicare covers those procedures. Ask our surgeon as your FREE consultation about which procedures are covered 🙂

If you do not have medicare the cost is $250 per session (An additional $100 to cover the Surgeons’ Fee that would normally be bulk billed).

Book an appointment with a GP, and get a referral to see Doctor Paramalingam Lingathas

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Treatment

A tiny needle is used to inject a sclerosing solution directly into the unwanted vein. The solution acts on the inner lining of the vein, causing it to shrink so that no more blood can flow through the unwanted vein. Within weeks, the unused vein is absorbed by the body & eventually becomes barely noticeable or invisible. Following injection the leg is placed in a gradient compression stocking which helps the lining of the collapsed vein stick together. As these stockings are quite hot to wear most patients have their treatments in the cooler months of the year. Patients are advised to walk following the procedure, which forces the blood to flow through other healthy blood vessels nearby. A vein may need to be injected more than once, depending on its size. In any one treatment session, a number of veins can be injected. Several sessions may be needed for any vein region, depending on the type and number of veins being treated.