Medicare rebates are available for a range of psychological services, for more information click here. Any fees due must be paid at the time of the consultation by Cash, EFTPOS, Mastercard or Visa. We provide online claiming of Medicare rebates. You are responsible for paying any charges in excess of the Medicare rebate for services under these schemes. However, these out-of-pocket expenses will count towards the Medicare Safety Net. The Medicare Safety Net is designed to protect high users of health services from large out-of-pocket expenses. For more information on the Medicare Safety Net, go to: www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/ medicare/medicare-safety-net To receive a rebate from Medicare, you must be referred by your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. Your GP will prepare a Mental Health Care Plan or other type of plan (e.g. Enhanced Primary Care Plan or Eating Disorders Plan). Your GP may prefer that you book a longer session to enable time for the Care Plan to be completed. Please bring the Mental Health Care Plan to your first session or send us a soft copy. You may already have a Mental Health Care plan in place. If so, you can attend up to 20 individual sessions per calendar year (January - December). If you’re not sure of how many sessions you have left on your plan, contact Medicare, and they can help you.
Private Health Insurance Most private health insurers offer rebates on psychological services. Rebates vary based on your level of cover. Check with your fund to see if you are covered. You cannot use your private health insurance ancillary cover to top up the Medicare rebates for these services. You need to decide if you will use Medicare or your private health insurance ancillary cover to pay for psychological services you receive. You can either access rebates from Medicare by following the claiming process or claim where available on your insurer’s ancillary benefits. You may use a combination of Medicare and private rebates to fund your treatment – for example, you may claim a rebate for the first session using your private health cover and then claim subsequent sessions through Medicare.
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