No, but without a referral you may be unable to claim a rebate on your initial and subsequent consultation fees.
Medicare Australia dictate that a rebate is only available for certain medical services when a referral is obtained prior to the service or consultation.
International travellers and students may also require a referral to claim a rebate for any medical service or consultation provided by their dermatologist.
A referral from your doctor will provide your dermatologist a detailed medical reason for the investigation, opinion, treatment or management of your condition or problem. Your referral may also include:
- Personal and contact information.
- Medical history, including past and current conditions.
- Medication and allergy history.
- Diagnostic test results.
Your dermatologist will contact your referring doctor and keep them updated with your diagnosis, ongoing treatments and medication.