What happens to my fee if I have a concession card?
IF you have an appropriate medical referral from a GP you will be bulk billed for the consultation. Our practice will receive up to $88.25 for the service.
The rebates from Medicare are not sufficient to fund our psychological service so we only offer a limited number of places for clients that we bulk bill.
What does this mean? There maybe occasions where we tell you we will be happy to see you however there will be a waiting list and it may be a few weeks before you can be seen.
How many sessions can I receive under Medicare?
It can be slightly confusing, however, to simplify it in one calendar year you can receive 10 sessions this is usually done in sessions of 6 then a medical review then another 4 can be authorised by your GP. At present under the Covid-19 arrangements, the GP can then authorise an additional 10 sessions making a total of 20 in one year.
There are some complications as a GP may not always authorise the sessions in neat lots of 6, 4 and then 10 as they may choose to review you on a more regular basis. A psychologist can only access Medicare rebates for the number of sessions a GP specifies.
Can I take a referral to any psychologist?
Patients can be referred to a specialist for treatment of their condition. The referral must include:
- relevant clinical information about the patient’s condition for investigation, opinion, treatment and/or management
- the date of the referral, and
- the signature of the referring practitioner
- For psychologists the number of sessions must be specified
Referrals don’t need to be made out to a certain specialist or consultant physician that is they can be made out to The Psychologist
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