How much does it normally cost for a Psychology Session?

The standard fee is $165.00 for a 50-60 minute session. If you have a concession card the fee is reduced to $135.00. You will be able to claim a rebate of $84.80 if your GP has completed a Mental Health Care Plan.

How do I obtain a Mental Health Care Plan?

Medicare now offers rebates for psychological consultations. You do need to make an appointment with your General Practitioner (GP) and explain your mental health concerns. It is polite to book a longer consultation with your GP so that they have adequate time to develop a care plan with you. Your GP will complete a “Mental Health Care Plan” and a letter of referral, which will entitle you to Medicare Rebates for a maximum 10 sessions per year. All you need to do is bring these documents to your first consultation.

Can I see a Psychologist without a referral from a GP?

Yes. Anyone can make an appointment to see a Psychologist at anytime without a referral. You only need a referral if you wish to claim Medicare rebates. Many clients do not use Medicare but prefer to pay the full fee or use Private Health rebates.

How can I pay for my sessions?

The full fee is to be paid at the end of each session. You may use cash or Eftpos, so you can use your savings, cheque or credit accounts. If you are claiming health fund rebates you will only be charged the ‘gap’ between your rebate and the session cost.

How does Medicare EasyClaim help?

Medicare EasyClaim is a new facility that allows rebates to be lodged at the time of payment. This means your rebate can be directed straight back into your account. For instance, if you pay $165.00 at the end of your session and you are eligible for Medicare rebates, you can use Medicare EasyClaim to reimburse the $84.80 Medicare rebate immediately back into your nominated account. Alternatively, you are welcome to take your invoices down to your nearest Medicare office and lodge them over the counter.

Cancellation

It would be appreciated if you could give at least 48 hours notice if an appointment needs to be cancelled. A fee may be charged for late cancellations (less than 24 hours notice) or for failure to attend an appointment.

How many sessions will I need to attend?

The number of visits needed vary depending on the problem and on the individual. Some problems are dealt with in 4 sessions others may need 10 or more. Each session usually last for 50-60 minutes and, depending on your issue, may be weekly, fortnightly or monthly.