A Short Guide on Choosing a Medical and Dental Centre in Bondi Junction

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Gone were the days when people had to solely rely on family doctors in the local area; one that was friendly, paternal and went on house calls whenever needed. These doctors personally knew their patients and their family, often taking care of the medical needs since birth. People hardly ever questioned the judgement of these doctors and often didn’t think about seeing somebody else for their ailments.

Needless to say, the situation described above is no longer the case nowadays and it’s all thanks to the various changes in healthcare laws and trade practices. People are now eager to take responsibility for their well-being perhaps the most significant of which is choosing the right medical centre in Bondi Junction.

Important things to consider when deciding on a medical practice in Westfield Bondi Junction

Now if you’ve been under the care of a medical doctor, choosing a medical centre you hardly know anything about can seem like a big task, which is not necessarily a bad thing. For one thing, it empowers patients to make their own decisions. That said, this freedom comes with added responsibilities. For one thing, it’ll be up to you to learn about the medical services available in your area and choose the most promising GP based on your medical and healthcare needs.

Here are a couple of things that are well worth considering when choosing a general practice healthcare provider

Is your GP qualified?

It’s the all important question that you’d do well to seek answers before setting on any particular medical centre. Unfortunately distinguishing the good ones from the bad is not as easy as say a carpenter or a tradesman. We know shoddy work when we see one but most people don’t have a clue about how a particular medical treatment works or whether there are better alternatives out there.

The rule of thumb on whether your GP truly has the knowledge and experience to address your medical and healthcare needs is to review their qualifications. Reputable medical centres will always have this information posted on the attending doctor’s name plate; right next to their name. You can also check this information on any official correspondence you’ve had with your GP; usually the letterhead.

At the absolute minimum, your GP should possess a medical degree; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery or both. It might be different for doctors who’ve completed their studies overseas (the equivalent is MD in the US). It would also help if your chosen GP has additional qualifications such as a membership to a reputable body like the RACGP (Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners). Such a qualification would ensure that you’re receiving medical care from someone who has consistently demonstrated their expertise and upholds the highest standards in the healthcare profession.

The medical centre itself

Your chosen medical centre should be clean, comfortable and offer well lit facilities that suggests your GP has your comfort in mind. It’s often the little things that counts; toys for children and health magazines in the waiting area. It shows that the medical centre is doing its part (no matter how little) in educating the public about health and well being.

In most cases, you won’t have to worry about waiting long to get an appointment. On the other hand, medical centres with long waiting times suggest that the expertise of their doctors are highly sought after and are probably worth getting in line for.


Does your chosen medical centre bulk-bill their patients or do they charge privately? Most GPs bulk-bill their patients (about 70 percent of them for consultations) as it’s generally beneficial for patients. You won’t have to worry about out of pocket expenses during your visit and there’s no hassle of dealing with Medicare for rebates. That said, doctors that practice bulk billing are often required to see a number of patients as quickly as possible on a daily basis. Hence your chosen GP may not be able to spend as much time with you during the consultation.

If you’re looking to keep costs as low as possible and dislike the idea of hounding Medicare for rebates then bulk billing is definitely a good choice. On the other hand, you might prefer a medical centre that charges their patients privately if you’d prefer to spend more time with your GP and don’t mind paying more out of pocket for it. Of course, there are perfectly good doctors like ours who prefer to bulk bill their patients as we see it as an added service to our patients.

Looking to get started? Now that you’ve got a good idea about what to look out for, you’re in a much better position to choose a medical centre that perfectly suits your needs and preferences. Why not arrange a consultation with “My Family GP”? You’ll find that our doctors perfectly fit the bill in terms of qualifications, premises, billing and recommendations. Call us today on 9389 9699 to learn more.

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