Medicare Rebates

INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY
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Medicare currently offers eligible individuals a rebate for 6 -10 individual ‘Psychological Therapy’ sessions in a calendar year.

Medicare also offers an additional 6-10 group ‘Psychological Therapy’ sessions per calendar year (see below for details).

The Medicare rebate is only available for Australians with a Medicare card.  Sessions can either be face-to-face or via ‘telehealth’ for people living in rural, remote and very remote regions.

‘Telehealth’ sessions are online video sessions. Medicare has stipulated that at least one of the first four sessions must be face-to-face, and only seven of the ten sessions in total can be online (at least three must be face-to-face). You can calculate if your location is considered ‘rural, remote or very remote’ on this website.  If your location is in region four to seven, you will be eligible to access ‘telehealth’ sessions, so long as you’re more than 15km from my office.  Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Bangalow and Ocean Shores are all considered ‘rural, remote or very remote.’

To be eligible for the rebate, you will need a mental health care plan and a referral letter from your GP or Psychiatrist.

If you wish to claim a rebate from Medicare you must:

  1. Book a long appointment with your GP (or Psychiatrist) and receive the following:
    • Mental Health Treatment Plan that includes individual psychological therapy under the Medicare ‘Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative’.
    • a written referral addressed to Clinical Psychologist Dr Lauren Tober, specifying a referral for 6 sessions of individual psychological therapy. It must be dated before the first session you would like to claim a Medicare rebate for (if this is dated after the session, you will only be able to claim for the sessions after this date).
  2. Complete the registration and consent forms (this will be emailed to you after you book your first appointment).
  3. Bring the referral letter and Mental Health Treatment Plan to the first session (alternatively your GP can send this to me).
  4. Your Medicare rebate will be process after full payment has been made, and should arrive in your nominated account overnight.

In accordance with Medicare requirements, I will write a brief letter to your referring GP after our first session and after our 6th session, or whenever we finish.

If you already have a mental health care plan and a referral for individual counselling for another practitioner, you will need to ask your referring doctor and write a referral letter to me with my name on it.

For more information about Medicare, visit the Medicare website.

If you are uncertain whether your GP has completed all the necessary paperwork for you to be eligible for a rebate, please confirm this with your GP or call Medicare on 132 011.

GROUP PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY
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Medicare currently offers eligible individuals a rebate for 6 -10 group ‘Psychological Therapy’ sessions (in addition to the 6-10 individual sessions) with a Medicare registered Clinical Psychologist.

Please note that unless otherwise specified, the Medicare rebate is only available for 6 week courses in person, not for workshops, retreats or online courses.

To be eligible for the rebate, you will need a mental health care plan and a referral letter from your GP or Psychiatrist.

You only need a referral from you GP if you wish to claim a Medicare rebate for the course.

If you already have a mental health care plan and a referral for individual counselling (either with me or another psychologist), you will need to talk to your referring GP about adding group therapy to the care plan, and you will need another referral letter specifically for group therapy (details below).

To receive a rebate from Medicare you must:

  1. Book a long appointment with your GP (or Psychiatrist) and receive the following:
    • Mental Health Treatment Plan that includes GROUP psychological therapy under the Medicare ‘Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative’ (if you already have a Treatment Plan, group therapy will need to be added).
    • a written referral to Clinical Psychologist Dr Lauren Tober, specifying a referral for 6 sessions of GROUP psychological therapy. It must be dated before the beginning of the course (if this is dated after the commencement of the course, you will only be able to claim for the classes after this date).
  2. Register for the course either online or during a counselling session. You can register before or after the visit to your GP.
  3. Complete the registration form (this will be emailed to you after you register).
  4. Bring the referral letter and Mental Health Treatment Plan to the first session (alternatively your GP can send this to me).
  5. Attend all the sessions to receive the full rebate (Medicare only provides a rebate for classes you actually attend, if you miss a class you won’t get a rebate for that class).
  6. At the end of course, complete the feedback form (you’ll receive this at the end of the course).
  7. You will then receive a receipt that you can send or take to a Medicare office and claim your refund.  Medicare also has an app you can use to claim your refund.  More info here.

As Medicare only provides a rebate for the sessions that you actually attend, I will provide you with a receipt after the completion of the course, with the dates of the sessions you attended on it.

In accordance with Medicare requirements, I will:

  1. Provide you with a detailed receipt at the end of the course
  2. Write a letter to your referring GP at the conclusion of the course (you will need to complete the feedback form in a timely manner for this to happen.

For more information about Medicare, visit the Medicare website.

If you are uncertain whether your GP has completed all the necessary paperwork for you to be eligible for a rebate, please confirm this with your GP or call Medicare on 132 011.

 

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