Medicare funding for psychologists.
On November 1st 2006 the Better Access to Mental Health Care scheme became available. Under this scheme people with a GP Mental Health Care Plan can be referred to a psychologist (who is registered with Medicare Australia) for 10 sessions in a calendar year, and the person can claim a rebate for these sessions. All our psychologists are registered with Medicare Australia.
There is a different fee for sessions under this scheme:
- As a practice we have decided to bulk bill people who have a Health Care Card therefore they will not have any out of pocket expense for the sessions.
- For people who do not have a Health Care Card the fee varies depending on whether the psychologist is a clinical psychologist or a generally registered psychologist:
- For clinical psychologists the fee is $170 with a rebate of $124.50 meaning that the out of pocket expense is $45.50.
- For generally registered psychologists the scheduled fee is $130 with a rebate of $84.80 meaning the out of pocket expense is $45.20.
- Please check with us as to whether our psychologists are recognised as clinical or generally registered psychologists for the purposes of this scheme.
The information regarding our fees below remains correct for people who do not have a GP Mental Health Care Plan.
This is a private practice. We keep our fees as low as possible to enable us to provide a service to a wide population. Our fee is $180 per session, sessions are 50 minutes long. Clients with the appropriate level of private health insurance may be entitled to a rebate on this fee.
Our Psychologists are registered with the Health Insurance Commission (HIC) to provide services for people with an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Multidisciplinary Care Plan.