What are the Medicare benefits for psychology sessions?

To access Medicare rebates for your psychology sessions you will need to have a valid Medicare card.


1/6/20233 min read

The Medicare rebate for online counselling is a financial benefit provided by the Australian government to help individuals access mental health services through telehealth platforms. It is a way for people to receive support for their mental health from the comfort of their own homes, and at a reduced cost.

Under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), individuals with a valid referral from a GP or psychiatrist can claim a rebate for online counselling services provided by a registered mental health professional. The rebate is available for a range of mental health services, including individual and group therapy, and is designed to help people with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and stress.

To be eligible for the Medicare rebate for online counselling, individuals must have a Mental Health Treatment Plan in place and be registered with a Medicare provider. The treatment plan must be developed by a GP or psychiatrist and outline the goals and objectives of the therapy, as well as the number of sessions that are expected to be needed.

Will Medicare cover the full cost of my psychology sessions?

The rebate amount for online counselling varies depending on the type of service being provided. For example, as of 2023, the rebate for a standard consultation with a mental health professional is $89.65. The rebate is paid directly to the individual and can be used to offset the cost of the online counselling service.

Overall, the Medicare rebate for online counselling is a valuable resource for individuals in Australia who are seeking support for their mental health. It allows people to access high-quality care from the comfort of their own homes, and at a reduced cost. If you are interested in accessing online counselling and are eligible for the rebate, it is important to speak with your GP or psychiatrist to discuss your options.

What do you need to claim Medicare rebates?

To access Medicare rebates for your psychology sessions you will need to have a valid Medicare card. You'll then need to get a referral letter and a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your GP before you attend your session to access Medicare rebates.

We can process the Medicare rebate for you through the online Medicare rebate system. As long as your details and bank account are registered with Medicare we should be able to process this for you immediately after taking payment for your consultation. Your rebate will usually be back in your bank account within one to two business days.

What is a Mental Health Plan and how to use it?

It is common for everyone to experience emotional difficulties at some point in their lives, and in any given year, 20% of Australians aged 16-85 will experience mental illness. Seeking professional support for mental health issues can be life-changing, but the cost and access to services can be a concern for many people.

Fortunately, psychology sessions do not have to be expensive. If you have any mental health concerns, you may be eligible for a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP), which can provide access to Medicare rebates for your psychology sessions. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to receive up to 10 rebated psychology sessions per calendar year.

The process of accessing these rebates is simpler than it may seem, but it is important to be aware of certain key elements. Here are the steps to access your Mental Health Plan, unlock your Medicare rebates, and get the help you need.

When scheduling an appointment with your doctor, you can request a longer appointment to allow for more time to discuss your mental health concerns. This will give you the opportunity to fully address what is happening without feeling rushed and increase the likelihood of feeling heard and understood. By law, doctors are required to have at least a 20-minute appointment to adequately address mental health issues.

Not all doctors specialize in mental health, so it is important to check with your regular doctor if they are able to provide support for your mental health concerns. If not, they may recommend an appointment with another doctor who can better assist you. Most general practitioners are able to provide support for mental health issues, but it is always a good idea to confirm this before your first appointment.

You can be an active participant in the process of creating a treatment plan for your mental health. It is important to express your specific needs and desires, such as wanting to seek counselling, to ensure that your doctor can help you develop a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) that meets your needs.

Remember, it is your health and well-being at stake, so make sure you have a say in your treatment plan.

What do you need to claim Medicare rebates?
What do you need to claim Medicare rebates?

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