The fee is $160 (appointments are an hour)
The Medicare rebate is $86.10 so your out of pocket expense may be $73.90
Rebates for Counselling
Medicare rebates are available for the treatment of a range of mental health problems (for example, depression or anxiety). Your GP or psychiatrist will assess whether or not you are eligible for a referral. They base their decision on a detailed mental health assessment and prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan as part of making a referral. You will need to book a longer session with your GP to enable time for this.
Medicare rebates are available for up to 10 consultations in a calendar year with a registered psychologist.
Rebates may also be available through private health insurers’ ‘Extras’ schemes. You are not permitted, however, to use Medicare and private health insurance for the same consultation.
- To receive the Medicare rebate, you need to have a referral from a GP or a psychiatrist.
- If you do have a referral (the Mental Health Treatment Plan), please bring it with you in the first session, as well as your Medicare card.
- The rebate covers 10 counselling session per calendar year and is $84.80. I am able to process the Medicare rebate automatically for you during payment.
- Alternatively, you may have cover from your private health insurance, or pay the full fee yourself.
- You don’t need a GP referral to make an appointment with a psychologist (but it is a requirement if you want to claim the Medicare rebate).
Read more about Medicare rebates for psychological services here