Veteran Health Check - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Veteran Health Check? 

The Veteran Health Check is a way to take charge of your health and make sure you’re taking action to stay well, identify any concerns and get treatment early when you need it. It is a comprehensive physical and mental health assessmenthealth check designed specifically especially for veterans.  

The Veteran Health Check allows you and your GP to identify and address common issues. Early intervention and appropriate referrals can help you enjoy better health outcomes. act on any issues before they become major problems, and allows your GP to assess your current physical and psychological wellbeing. 

Even if you are feeling healthy, it’s good to develop a relationship with your GP so they can get to know you and work with you to manage your health over the years.  The Veteran Health Check makes this easy to do and helps you manage and monitor your own health post-transition. 

How much do Veteran Health Checks cost?

Annual Veteran Health Check

If you transition from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) from 1 July 2019, with one day continuous full time service, you will be eligible for Aannual Veteran Health Checks, every year for the first five years after transition. 

These Annual Veteran Health Checks are fully-funded through your DVA Health Card and are available from GPs who accept DVA Veteran Cards.

One-off Veteran Health Check (formerly ADF Post-Discharge GP Health Assessment)

If you served one day in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), you are eligible for a one-off Veteran Health Check at any time after transitioning. 

There is a Medicare rebate available for this. You may be required to make a gap payment if your GP does not bulk bill.

What about ongoing health checks?

While you can access a Veteran Health Check either fully funded by DVA, or subsidised by Medicare as outlined above, you can also ask your GP to do a health check at any time after you transition without using your DVA Veteran Card.  However, you may have to pay some out-of-pocket costs for this service.

You can claim a rebate through Medicare for some or all of the costs for your GP visits depending on what your GP charges.  

It is good practice to continue to see your GP every year for a check-up so you can proactively manage your health and identify any health issues early - early identification of any health issues and early treatment usually results in better outcomes. early. If you tell your GP that you have served in the ADF they can take this into account in their consultations with you. 

What is bulk billing?

Bulk billing means you don’t have to pay for your medical service from a GP. Your GP bills Medicare instead. They accept the Medicare benefit as full payment for the service.  

While many GPs bulk bill, some do not. This means you will need to pay for your appointment, and then claim back a proportion of this cost from Medicare. 

More information about Medicare, what Medicare covers and how to claim a rebate is available at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/medicare.

How do I make an appointment?

  • The steps to book a One-off Veteran Health Check (if you transitioned from the ADF before 30 June 2019) are outlined on the Onef-off Veteran Health Check page.
  • The steps to book an Annual Veteran Health Check (if you transitioned from 1 July 2019) are outlined on the Annual Veteran Health Check page.

What do I need to access the Veteran Health Check? 

  • To access DVA-funded Annual Veteran Health Checks you will need to have your DVA Veteran Card or your DVA Client Number. Your GP will also need to accept DVA Veteran Cards.
  • To access a One-off Veteran Health Check, you will need to have your Medicare card for a Medicare rebate. You may need to pay an out-of-pocket gap payment if your GP does not bulk bill. 
  • You can also pay for your own Veteran Health Check if you wish (not claim through your DVA Veteran Card or a Medicare rebate). 
  • You can also book in to see your GP for a check-up at any time, other than for a Veteran Health Check, and access a Medicare rebate for the consultation (the rebate amount will be different to the rebate for the One-off Veteran Health Check). 

I haven’t received my DVA Veteran Card, how can I access an Annual Veteran Health Check?

  • To claim for payment from DVA, you will need your DVA Veteran Card or your DVA Client Number.
  • You can apply for your DVA Veteran Card and access an electronic copy of your card through MyService.
  • You can also pay for a check-up with your GP privately if you wish, or if your GP does not accept DVA Veteran cards, and access a Medicare rebate for this consultation.

What happens in the Veteran Health Check? What can I expect?

  • Each Veteran Health Check will differ depending on your doctor and your needs – if you are worried about any particular aspect of your health or your family history, you can discuss this with your GP. 
  • DVA has developed a comprehensive Veteran Health Check guide to assist GPs to support the Veteran community.  You can ask your GP to use this guide.  It can be found at: https://at-ease.dva.gov.au/professionals
  • During the health check, your GP may provide or prescribe treatment and refer you to relevant health professionals or for further tests, (DVA may fund treatment and tests if you have an accepted condition) or to DVA services and programs. 

What do I need to bring to my Veteran Health Check? 

  • For the annual Veteran Health Check, you will need to bring your DVA Veteran Card or your DVA Client Number. 
  • If you would like to take advantage of the One-off Veteran Health Check, you will need to bring your Medicare card.  
  • You can bring along a copy of this information page for your GP https://at-ease.dva.gov.au/professionals/assessment-treatment/veteran-health-check
  • If you are seeing this GP for the first time, it may be useful for them to see a copy of your current medical records and they will likely ask about any health problems in your family history. 
  • If you have any questions or concerns you would like addressed, write them down and bring them along to your appointment.  

Who will my Veteran Health Check results be shared with?

  • The Veteran Health Check is confidential between you and your GP. If you’re worried about confidentiality you can ask your GP about the ethical, professional, and legal duty they have to their patient’s rights to privacy and confidentiality. 
  • Your Veteran Health Check results be will not be shared with DVA, unless you ask your GP to do so (e.g. to support a claim).

How many Veteran Health Checks can I get?

  • If you have transitioned from the ADF (with at least one day of continuous full time service, including Reservists) from on or after 1 July 2019, you have access to the Annual Veteran Health Check for the first five-years after transition. This is a total of five health checks funded through DVA. You are also eligible for a One-off Veteran Health Check at any point in time, after transition from the ADF.  You can continue to see your GP for regular health checks after that time as part of the usual consultations your GP offers and access Medicare rebates for these consultations.
  • If you transitioned from the ADF prior to 1 July 2019, you are eligible for a One-off Veteran Health Check at any point in time after transition from the ADF. A Medicare rebate is available for this. You can continue to see your GP for regular health checks after that time as part of the usual consultations your GP offers and access Medicare rebates for these consultations (the rebate amount will be different to the rebate available for the one-off Veteran Health Check).