A Medicare rebate for Psychology can be accessed under a MHCP, which is known as a Mental Health Care Plan. Referrals from your GP are valid for 12 months, so you will need to obtain a new one each year to continue receiving a rebate.
A MHCP allows for a total of up to 10 rebated consults to any referred psychologist per calendar year (January to December). Since the COVID-19 pandemic, you are also able to access a further 10 sessions per year (20 in total from January to December).
You will first be given access to 6 sessions and then you will be required to attend a review with your GP in order to access the final 4 sessions. Another review with the GP will then need to be conducted to access the final 10 sessions on your plan.
At Yarra Valley Psychology, we need you to pay the full fee upfront first, and then we can process the Medicare rebate and get it back to you. The rebate should be returned to your nominated bank account (with Medicare). Here are the steps:
Unfortunately, Counsellors do not have access to a Medicare rebate, and so this means you will have to pay the full fee for sessions to see a Counsellor.
This normally works out to be about the same amount as seeing a Psychologist with a Medicare rebate!
Counsellors are also registered to provide therapy sessions under the NDIS, some private health insurance providers and the Victims of Crime scheme (VOCAT)
Fee to be paid = $168.49
Medicare rebate = $87.45
Out of pocket amount = $78.55
Fee to be paid = $209.09
Medicare rebate = $128.40
Out of pocket amount = $77.60
Full Fee = $90
Reduced Fee = $80