What is LinQ Medical?
LinQ Medical is a Medicare-funded sexual health clinic located within the M Clinic premises that provided PrEP (or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) prescriptions to men who have sex with men (MSM). The clinic is staffed by doctors and nurses that provide education and appropriate testing to ensure that you are taking PrEP safely and correctly.
What is PrEP?
PrEP is a highly effective medication that, when taken daily, prevents you from acquiring HIV. It is listed on the PBS therefore only requires a GP script to purchase at a pharmacy, ongoing renal function and sexual health testing.
What are your operating hours?
PrEP enrolments are 30 minutes while PrEP follow-ups are 20 minutes, starting with a doctor and ending with a nurse.
Monday 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday 9:30am – 12:30pm*
*Friday appointments are ending as of 27th March 2020
How do I book an appointment?
We will not be taking online bookings for LinQ Medical at the moment.
Please call us on (08) 9227 0734 and state that you want to book a PrEP appointment for LinQ Medical. You will need to answer a few questions about previous PrEP usage if applicable.
What are your fees?
Appointments at LinQ Medical adhere to a Medicare-structure fee system. To access the Medicare rebate you are required to use the name that is printed on your Medicare card.
An upfront payment is required, but then you receive immediate approval for a Medicare rebate, therefore your out-of-pocket payment for all appointments is still $15
|Appointment Type||Payment Upfront||Medicare Rebate||Out-of-pocket payment|
|Initial PrEP appointment||$88.95||$73.95||$15|
|PrEP Follow Up||$53.20||$38.20||$15|
|General Doctor Consult||$53.20||$38.20||$15|
If you can’t attend an appointment and fail to cancel it, you will be charged $15 payable prior to your next appointment.
How do I get the Medicare Rebate?
Your Medicare rebate can only be deposited into a bank account, which means that you have to use a CHEQUE or SAVINGS account to get the money deposited back in your account. That refund may take a few days to then be deposited into your account.
We DO NOT ACCEPT Apple/Google/Samsung Pay or any wearables or PayPass technology for refunds. These utilise a credit account which is NOT COMPATIBLE WITH A MEDICARE REFUND.
To get the rebate, you will need to bring a physical savings or debit card which requires you to enter your pin so that you get the refund back.
If this is not possible, you will have to lodge a Medicare claim online via MyGov or through the Medicare Express Plus App. More information can be found on the Medicare website
What if I don’t have Medicare?
Have no fear! If you have health insurance that is standard cover and above, you can claim back 100% of the MBS item paid upfront. Gap fees are not reimbursed by health insurance. It will require that we use your address so that Pathwest can send you an invoice for pathology testing, which is about $67 for a PrEP enrolment and $36 for a PrEP follow-up. Once paid, you can claim back 85% of the costs of pathology testing. For more information please download our Cost Sheet. Also, please look at the PDS of your health insurance in case there have been any changes.