Fees and Rebates

This information has been adapted from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) fact sheet.

 

NB: Fees and rebates may be subject to change without notice.

 

What is the fee?
Consultations at Matters of Mind are $130 per 50-60 minute session and we request payment at the time of consultation. Payment can be made by cash or EFTPOS (Visa, Mastercard and debit cards accepted). We choose to charge below the Australian Psychological Society (APS) recommended fee schedules which until June 30, 2009 recommends a standard one-hour consultation be charged at $218.

 

Can I claim this fee with Medicare?
Psychologists at Matters of Mind provide services under the new Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) so if you are referred by a GP under a GP Mental Health Care Plan or a psychiatrist assessment and management plan or on a direct referral by a psychiatrist you will be eligible to claim a rebate. Based on a fee of $130 per session, the Medicare rebate for Generalist is $84.80, so your out-of-pocket expense is $45.20. But the Clinical Psychology rebate is $124.50 so your out-of-pocket expense is only $5.50. Payments must be made at the time of consultation and then rebates claimed via the online Medicare system.

 

Can I go directly to a psychologist and make an appointment?
Although you can make an appointment without being referred by your GP or psychiatrist, you are unable to claim a Medicare rebate without a Mental Health Plan from your GP or psychiatrist.

 

How many sessions with a psychologist am I entitled to under a Mental Health Care Plan?
Eligible patients can generally receive up to 10 individual sessions in a calendar year. Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first 6 sessions.

 

Can I claim the fee with my Private Health Cover?
You cannot use your private health insurance cover to top up the Medicare rebates. You need to decide if you will use Medicare or your private health insurance cover to pay for the psychological services you receive. Many Private Health Covers include a rebate allowance for psychological services but as each health fund and level of cover relates to different rebates allowances, each client is encouraged to discuss rebates directly with their fund. Hicaps is available at Matters of Mind which means, in most cases, you can swipe your private health card and claim your rebate directly and pay only the gap at the time of consultation.

 

Cancellations:
If you are unable to make an appointment we ask that you please call and re-schedule or cancel your appointment as soon as possible. Late cancellations mean that other clients are not able to access assistance that otherwise would have been available.

 

For further information please contact Matters of Mind on (07) 3368 3991.

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