Hands holding out some psychological resources, Medicare being one such resource

Medicare Services at Inner Actions.

Obtaining Medicare Rebated Services

As a registered psychologist and Medicare provider, Luisa Dal Molin can provide psychological services to those clients who are entitled to obtain a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions per year.

Medicare rebates are available under the Better Access Initiative, for clients who are referred by their GP or psychiatrist. To obtain Medicare rebated services, your GP will need to undertake a mental health assessment, determine if you have a diagnosable mental condition and if so, prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP).

Conditions Covered by Medicare

Medicare covers services for people with a range of conditions including:

  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Bereavement disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Co-occurring anxiety and depression
  • Depression
  • Drug use disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobic disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual disorders
  • Sleep problems

Referrals

It is up to your GP to assess that you require the services of a psychologist and to prepare a referral. Your doctor may allow you to request a specific psychologist, or may refer you to a psychologist that they recommend.

Some GP's provide their patients with a list of 2 or 3 psychologists and suggest that you check out who you would like to work with and whether they have appointments available. This can be useful but if your GP does do this, ensure that you advise them of who you choose to see and that the supplied referral specifies the actual psychologist (or Practice) to whom you are being referred.

Referrals must be made to either the actual psychologist or practice to which you are being referred (For this practice either made out to Luisa Dal Molin, or to Inner Actions).

Secure Electronic Referrals

Your GP may be able to provide a direct referral via their practice software to Luisa. This is done via a secure messaging system to which most GP's and many allied health practitioners have access. Inner Actions subscribes to this service to allow Luisa to receive such referrals.

Number of Sessions

Medicare only covers up to 10 sessions in any one year. Normally the GP will refer you for up to 6 initially. Your psychologist will then prepare a report for your GP who may then approve additional sessions.

An MHTP can allow services to be conducted over more than one year, however you are limited to the maximum of 10 in any one year. These are Medicare rules and limits.

Paying for Sessions

Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover the full cost of the session. Our fees are as shown on our costs page. Medicare also does not cover costs for missed sessions. We ask that you pay at the end of each session. We can then initiate the Medicare rebate for you (you will need to provide us with an EFTPOS card to which the rebate can be applied and you Medicare Card) or we can provide you with a PAID Invoice which you can take to a Medicare office.

While we can accept your payment via Mastercard or Visa, the Medicare rules do not allow us to apply the rebate to a credit card, so if you pay by credit card, then you will need an EFTPOS card for the rebate.

Medicare does not permit payment of a separate Gap Fee meaning that we cannot accept the difference in the Medicare rebate and our fee from you and bulk bill at the same time. You will need to pay the full amount and then claim the Medicare rebate.

 

 

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