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Mature aged patients can experience various health problems, including issues that can affect patients at any age to specific age related health concerns. BetterMedical believes senior’s health requires a caring team of doctors that can support older-aged patients’ medical concerns with dignity and professionalism.
Ageing Related Health Concerns and Treatments
Patients’ general health tends to decline through ageing. Some common health concerns which emerge can include urinary or faecal incontinence, decreased mobility, increasing falls, difficulty managing at home or deteriorating memory.
We can provide advice on a wide range of health issues, including additional services to help you manage in your own home.
If you have any age related health concerns, an appointment with your BetterMedical GP can provide you with the support and treatment you require.
Bulk Billed Appointments and Concession Cards
Most BetterMedical GPs offer some bulk billing for pension card holders. You can get a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card if you meet certain criteria.
You can get a card if you:
have reached age pension age
don’t qualify for a payment from us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
meet an income test, and
are an Australian resident currently living in Australia
With your card you can get:
cheaper medicine under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
bulk billed doctor visits at certain BetterMedical locations – please contact your local BetterMedical Medical Centre for more details
a bigger refund for medical costs when you reach the Medicare Safety Net
Senior Health Assessment
As a patient over the age of 75, you can receive a Health Assessment fully funded by Medicare, on a yearly basis. To be eligible for the assessment you need to not be an admitted patient in a hospital, or a resident in an aged care facility.
The Senior Health Assessment can be recommended by your GP and involves either a home visit or an appointment at the practice with a nurse followed by a review appointment with the GP.
You or your carer will be given a copy of the assessment. Any significant others or carers are also encouraged to be present at the time of the assessment.
Why have a senior health assessment?
A Health Assessment can provide you with a medical evaluation of the health and quality of life of yourself or a loved one, to keep you informed and confident about your/their health.
There are a number of benefits to participating in this type of Health Assessment such as medication review, identifying any unknown health problems that may require attention, as well as information about home care services and home modification. If required, you can be referred to appropriate government agencies or health professionals to receive treatment and support.
Early intervention lets you enjoy better health for longer. If you are interested in this type of assessment, please make an appointment to talk to your local BetterMedical GP.