We compared the cost of a spiral CT scan of chest across a range of public and private providers in Adelaide and Sydney. Medicare's scheduled fee for this procedure is $295, with a rebate benefit of $250.75 .
Strong competition in the private sector means most providers in Sydney bulk bill. Ultrasound is often the exception, where the gap is usually $50-$80. Parts of the bulk-billing public system have limited capacity, as hospital patients are prioritised, but waiting time is usually minimal in both the public and private systems.
Only the public sector and a few private providers bulk bill in Adelaide. All public sites may soon be combined as one business unit, SA Imaging, which will benefit regional South Australia if SA Imaging takes back the outsourced work in public hospitals, where sizeable gaps are incurred for GP referrals.