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As prescription glasses, contact lenses and prescription sunglasses aren’t covered by Medicare, many turn to private health funds that includes optical benefits in order reduce vision costs.

Our Belrose staff will help you maximise your claim and reduce any out-of-pocket expense so you get the best possible value out of your optical benefits.

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What Does Medicare Cover?

Anyone holding a current Medicare card has access to:

  • One comprehensive eye test every three years (for those under 65 years)
  • One comprehensive eye test every year (if you’re 65 +)
  • Contact lens consultations (within a specific range of optical prescriptions)
  • Eye tests as needed if you have an eye condition, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration

Are All Eye Tests Covered by Medicare?

We are a private billing practice almost all consultations with our optometrists are eligible for a Medicare rebate, there may be an out-of-pocket expense. Of course, we assist you with electronic claiming on the spot, so that your Medicare portion is immediately claimed. Children aged 16 years and under, as well as pension (concession) card holders are eligible for bulk billing on weekdays only. Please contact us if you have any questions.

What About Private Health Funds?

Private health funds don’t typically cover eye tests, but depending on your policy, they may cover up to 100% of the cost of frames, prescription lenses or contact lenses.

Our Staff Is Here To Help You With Your Private Health Fund

Whether you’re looking for contact lenses, glasses or the latest in designer brand frames, we’re here to assist you by helping you claim optical benefits on the spot, thus reducing out-of-pocket expenses.

We Accept All Health Funds At Forestway Optometry Glenrose

We provide both routine eyecare and a huge range of optical choices, we can process your Medicare claim and your health fund on site. If you need help figuring out your coverage, we invite you to call our practice for guidance before you come in for your visit. Our staff has extensive experience working with Medicare and all private health funds and we will be glad to help you understand what benefits are available for you. View All Our accepted health funds here.

For your convenience we can claim your rebate for eye examinations through Medicare and for health funds through our Hicaps facility.

  • Bupa
  • HBF
  • Medibank Private
  • GU Health
  • Police Health
  • Defence Health
  • Phoenix Health Fund
  • HIF
  • AHM Health Insurance
  • Teachers Health
  • NIB
  • CBHS Corporate Health
  • Doctors' Health Fund
  • CBHS Health Fund
  • RT Health Fund
  • HCF
  • CUA Health Limited
  • Latrobe Health Services
  • Australian Unity
  • Frank Health Insurance
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