With a referral from your GP, you can claim Medicare rebates on appointments with clinical psychologists or psychologists. We can even claim the rebate for you directly after your session.
Who can claim
Medicare rebates are available for psychology services and clinical psychology services. Both these services can be provided to people with “an assessed mental disorder” that is being managed by a GP under a GP Mental Health Care Plan or through a psychiatric assessment and management plan. It is also available for treatment of a child on direct referral from a psychiatrist or a pediatrician.
Assessed mental disorders
“An assessed mental disorder” includes the following:
· Mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder
· Anxiety disorders like agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder
· Eating disorders
· Sleep disorders
· Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
· Addiction/substance abuse disorders
Visiting your GP
To obtain the initial referral, you will usually need to make an extended appointment with your GP so the GP has time to ask you questions and complete a Mental Health Care Plan for you. With this referral you will be entitled to a Medicare rebate of 10 psychological therapy sessions per calendar year.
After 5-6 sessions you will need to take a report from your treating psychologist back to your GP, who will give you a referral for a further 4-5 Medicare funded sessions if you still require treatment.
Claiming the rebate
You must bring your GP referral with you to your first appointment in order to be eligible for a Medicare rebate. After paying your session fee, you can either take your receipt to Medicare for a rebate or we can claim the rebate for you in our rooms.
To claim the rebate at our rooms, you will need to bring your Medicare card with you and an EFTPOS card with a savings or cheque account with a pin number linked to that card so that we can deposit the rebate straight back onto your card for you.