Patient Referrals

Why you need a valid referral
If you wish to access Medicare benefits for eligible services at SA Heart you must ensure we have a valid referral on the day of your appointment.  

For a referral to be valid it must not have expired, be correctly filled in by your referring doctor, and be in our hands on the day of your appointment with us.

If we are not able to obtain a valid referral at the time of your appointment you will not be able to claim Medicare rebates.  We cannot accept referrals after the day of appointment because this is illegal by law.

What you need to do to obtain a referral
When your GP or other referring doctor refers you to a SA Heart cardiologist you will be given a referral for the initial visit. 

For subsequent referrals be sure to ask if the previous referral will cover your next appointment at SA Heart.  

You can also ask our receptionists to check that you will have a current referral when making an appointment with SA Heart.  We will also double check that everything is in order.

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