MBS-billed Paediatric Respiratory Clinic – information for parents/guardians

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)-billed Paediatric Respiratory Clinic will open from 1 July 2018.

The clinic will provide specialist assessment and management for children aged 0 to 15 years inclusive with breathing problems such as:

  • asthma or other chronic respiratory conditions
  • chronic cough, wheezing or breathlessness (including exercise induced symptoms), stridor or tachypnoea
  • recurrent respiratory tract infections
  • chest wall problems.

The new clinic aims to give your child access to comprehensive specialist care, closer to home. 

What does MBS-billed mean?

MBS-billing means the hospital can bill Medicare if it receives a referral to a named specialist. Your child is treated as a private patient.

Appointments are bulk billed to Medicare, so there is no cost to you. Fees received from Medicare help the hospital provide additional services and equipment

You will be asked to sign a Medicare assignment of benefit form after your child’s appointment.

You can still receive this service at no cost if you do not agree to the hospital billing Medicare. This means, however, that the hospital does not receive Medicare funding.

Before the appointment

  • Your referring doctor will send a referral to Dr Steve Oo at the FSH MBS-billed Paediatric Respiratory Clinic.
  • You will receive an appointment letter in the post.
  • Please attend your appointment with your child at the time and day stated on your appointment advice.
  • Please also bring your Medicare card to the appointment.

What will happen at the appointment?

All patients are seen by a private paediatric respiratory specialist.

The specialist will complete an assessment and any lung function testing that is needed using child-friendly machines.

Your child may require additional pathology and/or other diagnostic tests. Wherever possible, we will arrange for this to happen at Fiona Stanley Hospital on the same day.

Our service also works closely with respiratory services at Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH). If necessary, we can organise further testing at PCH.

When will I know the results?

The clinic aims to give you a diagnosis and a treatment plan on the day of assessment.

If further tests are needed, then results are usually discussed at the next appointment.

Follow up

A letter describing the outcome of your child’s assessment will be sent to the doctor who referred him or her.

If ongoing specialist appointments are required, your child will continue to be seen in an appropriate hospital clinic.

If your child does not require ongoing specialist care, he or she will be referred back to your general practitioner for future care.

Clinic contact details

Contact the Outpatient Department between 8:30am–4pm, Monday to Friday. 

Phone 6152 2222 and the FSH Helpdesk will connect you.