Medicare Rebates

Medicare rebates are available for certain psychological treatments.

There are a number of simple steps involved to be eligible.

  • You will need to see your General Practitioner (GP) if you believe you could benefit from what is called ‘Focused Psychological Strategies’. These strategies are designed to be effective in the treatment of a number of recognised mental disorders, such as, for example Phobic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, Unexplained Somatic Complaints, Eating Disorders, Mental Disorders not otherwise specified, Panic Disorders, Mixed Anxiety and Depression, Sleep Problems, Hyperkinetic (attention deficit), Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, etc.
  • If your GP establishes that the presenting disorders are best addressed with the assistance of psychological strategies, s/he is required to prepare a two-page GP Mental Health Care Plan (GPMHC plan, MBS Item 2710) and, if necessary, coordinate Team Care Arrangements (MBS item 723). MBS item 723 is only required if there are more than 3 Allied Health Care Providers required for patient care. A GP is compensated financially for each GPMHC plan.
  • Under the Allied Health and Dental Services Initiative patients of GP’s are allowed to receive a rebate for the services that registered psychologists offer for up to 12 individual or 12 group sessions per year, per patient. In exceptional circumstances, the referring medical practitioner may consider that you require an additional six sessions above that already provided (to a maximum total of 18 sessions per patient per calendar year). In these cases, a new referral should be provided with the exceptional circumstances noted in that referral.
  • To simplify this process, I have attached a GP Introduction Letter that you can print out and take with you to your next appointment with your GP. In any case, if you wish to see a different psychologist, you will need to provide information of similar structure. Sometimes GP’s have details of psychologists on their data base to which they can refer you.

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