Yes! If you have a referral from your GP or psychiatrist for a mental health treatment plan you will be eligible to receive a Medicare rebate of $92.90 (for a non-clinical psychologist) or $136.35 (for a clinical psychologist) for each appointment. You will still need to pay the gap fee – this varies depending on the practitioner, but most practitioners charge $220 so the gap will then be the difference between $220 and the above rebates.
Please note – you cannot receive a Medicare rebate if you are seeing one of our counsellors or provisional psychologists. However, their fees reflect this and are about the same as the gap fee you would be paying if you saw a psychologist with a referral.
How many sessions do I get?
Your GP will refer you for a certain number of initial sessions (usually 6). Once you have used these sessions, you can discuss with your psychologist about whether further sessions are required. You will then need to speak with your GP to get a re-referral for additional sessions. You are eligible for up to 10 sessions per calendar year. Of course, you are welcome to continue after the Medicare sessions have been used up.
I don’t have a referral, how do I get one?
– Book in to see your GP for a 30 minute appointment
– They will assess whether you are eligible for a mental health treatment plan and send our clinic a referral letter
IMPORTANT: Please tell our clinic if you already have a mental health treatment plan and already received rebates when seeing a psychologist this calendar year.
Can ACT of Living claim the rebate for me?
Yes, at your first appointment we’ll arrange for you to pay us via Tyro Health
, our payment portal. Once enrolled with Medipass, please make sure that:
- there are sufficient funds in your credit card to make the payment
- that Medicare has up-to-date bank details for you linked to your Medicare card. You can do this through your My Gov account (login here).
When we process the payment – usually within 1 business day or same day as your visit – your credit card will be debited on that day and the Medicare rebate will appear in your nominated account within two business days.
Have further questions? Call our clinic, our friendly receptionists will be happy to answer any questions you have.