Most services provided by your doctor are GST-free and will not rise in price after July 1 2000.
The GST is not payable for services that are a necessary part of your health care. As a general rule, if a Medicare rebate is normally paid, the service is GST-free.
Any goods supplied at the surgery as part of your consultation, such as vaccines, medicines or bandages are also GST-free.
The following services will attract GST:
- Most cosmetic treatments
- Diving and aviation medicals
- Professional driving licence checks
- Worker's Compensation certificates
- Pre-employment medicals
- Insurance examinations
- Medico-legal reports
Services from other providers
Services from most other health professionals are also free of GST. This includes specialists, pathology tests, X-rays, dentistry, physiotherapy and optometry fees. Hospital accommodation and medical charges and private health insurance are also GST-free.
Prescription medicines are GST-free, as are certain non-script items, e.g. sunscreen, folate, condoms and personal lubricants.
However, most over-the-counter products attract a 10% GST rise. These include vitamins, minerals, medicines for head colds and acne, and laxatives. Home health-care products such as bandaids, dressings, bandages and antiseptics also attract GST, as do personal hygiene products like tampons, soap, deodorant and toothpaste.
Please note this information was correct at time of printing.
For up to date information, speak to your doctor.