How to Get a Medical Referral

How to get a Medical Referral from a GP or a Specialist to See Dr Doyle

Gold Coast Plastic Surgery offers a number of surgical procedures that are eligible for Medicare rebates. If your surgery is deemed medically necessary, you will need to get an itemised medical referral from either a general practitioner or specialist.

Having a referral allows you to access Medicare rebates for your consultation – given your procedure is Medical in nature. You will receive approximately $70 back from your consultation fee. When you make your appointment with Dr Doyle, please send your Valid Referral to or bring it to your appointment for scanning.

A Referral from a GP is valid for 12 months and a Referral from a Specialist is valid for 3 months. 

Please note, it is NOT essential to have a referral before your initial consultation with Dr Doyle. However, you will need a referral to attract the relevant Medicare rebate of $70. (Not for purely Cosmetic surgery – only medically necessary surgery).

If you do NOT have a valid referral at the time of your consultation, but your surgery qualifies for a Medicare rebate, you will need to get a referral before your surgery date.  

Depending on your level of Private Hospital Insurance cover,  you may be able to get assistance from your Insurer to subsidise your Hospital Fee. This is only IF you are eligible for a Medicare item number and have a valid Medical Referral.

Here are some rules as to what makes a Valid Medical Referral to a Specialist. 

Dr Mark Doyle – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Doyle is the leading specialist plastic surgeon at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery. He specialises in Breast Lift surgery, Complex Implant Removal procedures as well as Post Pregnancy Surgery and Facial Rejuvenation. 

He currently does not offer Skin Cancer Surgery, Post Cancer Reconstruction or Hand Surgery – however, we can assist you in finding another reliable surgeon to refer to.

Benefits of Getting a Medical Referral

A medical referral is an important part of your surgery process. A medical referral:

  • Allows your GP to keep your medical records in one place
  • Informs your surgeon about your medical history
  • Enables your surgeon to keep your GP updated
  • Gives you access to rebates and possible Private Health Insurance subsidy for your medically necessary surgery.
  • Gives you access to a Medicare Rebate on your Consultation Fee if you have a medical referral.  (Not for purely Cosmetic surgery – only medically necessary surgery)

Information for a Medical Referral to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon 


The following items would be helpful in your medical referral to a specialist plastic surgeon.

Patient Demographic Information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Next of kin
  • Postal address
  • Contact number(s)
  • Email address
  • Medicare number
  • Referring GP details including provider number
  • Usual GP (if different)
  • Interpreter requirements (if req)

Patient Clinical Information:

  • Reason for referral to a specialist
  • Duration of symptoms
  • Management to date and response to treatment
  • Past medical history
  • Current medications and medication history if relevant
  • Functional status and capability
  • Psychosocial history and any Mental Health issues
  • Dietary status
  • Family history
  • Diagnostic tests completed and any results

Include Notes in Alignment with the MBS Eligibility Critera

If you are being referred to Dr Doyle to treat a medical condition, it is helpful that your GP indicates your health condition in alignment with the Medicare criteria. You can find out details of each Medicare item number here:

This article outlines Medicare Item Numbers for the following procedures:

To find out more if you qualify for item number surgery – please contact our office via our website or call us on 5598 0988.

About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon

Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.

Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing BreastBodyFace and Nose surgery. As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is driven by an intense passion for helping patients achieve a happier, more beautiful self through advanced cosmetic surgery procedures.

He maintains a strong commitment to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.


Do Your Research

What to Bring to Your Plastic Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative for support and discussion regarding your choices
  • Take notes and read all provided information thoroughly
  • Read about what to expect in your Initial Surgery Consultation

Book Your Plastic Surgery Consultation

  • Get a Referral from your GP or specialist – this is advised but not required to book a consultation with Dr Doyle.
  • Email us or call on 07 5598 0988 to arrange your consultation appointment.
  • Pay your $285 Consultation Fee in advance to secure your consultation.

Please contact us to arrange to book a consultation with our Specialist Plastic Surgeon or to speak with our Patient Care Advisor.

Send an enquiry form today or phone 07 5598 0988 during Clinic Hours.

*DISCLAIMER: All information on Gold Coast Plastic Surgery website is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Results can vary significantly and depend on individual patient circumstances. All images on this website, unless specified as real patient images, are stock images used for illustrative purposes only. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your surgeon. Book a consult for details regarding your cosmetic surgery procedure.