Payments and Rebates

FEES AND REBATES:

  • Clients with case numbers from  Workers Compensation insurers, motor vehicle insurers or other groups who accept accounts from  Psychologists  pay nothing.
  • For salaried clients, if paid on the same day,  the fee is  $150 (reduced depending on circumstance) . Refunds are possible with private health providers.
  • For any person, salaried or not, who has  mental health care plan sessions available and brings the doctors referral,  Medicare will rebate $84.80 against your fee
Same day processing is possible if you bring your medicare card and your eftpos and or credit card
(Please Note: Medicare refunds cannot be placed on credit cards)
  • If you are on a low income or pensions, with MHC plans and referral, the fee reduced to $10-30 greater than medicare refund will be accepted.
    (The terminal accepts a credit or eftpos card and medicare require their refund to return  to your eftpos card via the swipe of the medicare card. Or I will  waive your contribution entirely  (sometimes a waiting list applies)
Nonattendance without 6 hours notice means that costs will have been incurred and a $30 fee is sometimes requested especially when nonattendance occurs two or three times.
These rates are particularly generous given the APS recommend we require a fee to cover overheads of $241 per 50 minute hour for the 2016/17 year.

 

The different medicare rates and the different quality of service:

I am often asked by people who have already been to a clinical psychologist why the rates are different.
Currently, Medicare only identify one form of specialisation within the psychology field. Research has been conducted that has shown outcomes are similar despite the categorisation of general versus clinical psychologist performing the service.
I have an endorsement as a Health Psychologist but due to the Medicare ruling must claim for general psychology rates.
ACCEPTED WORKERS COMPENSATION OR ACCIDENT CLAIMS?
Your account will be sent to the agency.
LEGAL PROCEEDINGS?
Your account will be sent to the lawyer and negotiation to pay a part payment as you go might be required.
EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTION?
The account will be sent to the employer or their agency.
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