You must hold a valid Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, dated before your first appointment, to be eligible for Medicare rebate. Rebates cannot be used for Relationship Counselling.
Under the Better Access program, Medicare provides rebates for 6 sessions, with the option of extending to 10 after a review. These rebates will be lodged with Medicare as soon as your session has taken place. Due to COVID-19, Medicare has approved an additional 10 sessions per calendar year for 2022, which means clients can potentially access up to 20 sessions per calendar year.
In other words, for up to 20 sessions in a calendar year you will pay $180 up front and receive $88.25 back into your account from Medicare if you are eligible for the scheme. This means you pay an out of pocket expense, or gap fee, of $91.75 for each appointment.
Eligibility and conditions regarding these sessions should be discussed with your doctor. Please be aware that Medicare does not allow us to only charge you the gap. It must be the full amount with a rebate given to you. Click here for more information about Medicare rebates.
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