How does Medicare apply to private psychology consultations?
From November 2006 the federal government made provision for the public to access rebates for private psychological consultations.
In order to use the Medicare rebate system you need to be referred by a GP. This is essential as the GP (not the psychologist) has the responsibility for linking you up with the Medicare system. Your GP will complete a Mental Health Care Plan which will be either sent to the identified psychologist or you will be given the plan to bring with you on your first visit.
In one calendar year each person can be funded for a rebate on a maximum of 10 individual psychological consultations.
This rebate system also applies to other health care items under Medicare so if you have received a rebate for any other allied health care issue it is important to check with Medicare to see what your eligibility for rebates is at any point in time.
For further information you can visit the Medicare website: www.medicareaustralia.gov.au.