Generous Medicare rebates are available for appointments with all LIFE psychologists.

Medicare Rebates

What are Medicare rebates?

If you are referred to a psychologist by your GP or Psychiatrist with a Mental Health Care Plan, you can claim a Medicare rebate of $84.80 per session for up to 10 sessions of psychological therapy per calendar year.

Bulk-billing is available by some psychologists at this practice.

How many session can be claimed?

Currently, up to 10 individual sessions with a psychologist can be claimed each calendar year. A further 10 sessions can be claimed for participation in our group treatment programs.

Am I eligible?

Medicare benefits are available for a range of specified psychology services for people with certain mental health disorders, including:

Medicare benefits are also available to persons with the following conditions :

  • Children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) – aged under 13 years for diagnosis and under 15 years for treatment
  • Children up to 15 years of age with any of the following disabilities: Sight impairment, Hearing impairment, Cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome
  • Women who are concerned about either a current pregnancy, or one that occurred in the previous 12 months
  • People who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs
  • Follow-up allied health services for people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent

To be eligible to receive psychological services under Medicare, a person must be referred by his/her GP or in some instances by a psychiatrist or a paediatrician.

Is there a gap payment?

The Medicare Rebate covers most of the appointment cost. Bulk-billing is available for Low Income Health Care Card holders.

How do I access the Medicare Rebates?

Medicare rebated sessions can be accessed in three easy steps:

  1. Visit your GP and discuss your mental health concerns.
  2. If your GP believes you are eligible and would benefit from seeing a psychologist they will complete a GP Mental Health Care Plan with you and can make a referral to the psychologists you would like to see .
  3. Progress will be reviewed with your GP after your first six consultations with your psychologist. After this you can then claim your additional four sessions.

Medicate rebates consumer facts sheet (2013) (link)

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