Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative.
This scheme provides considerable assistance to people living with mental heath problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare.
What will it cost me?
The cost to you will vary depending on the length of the session and the fee being charged by the psychologist. If the psychologist decides to bulk bill then you will not have to pay anything. The cost for a psychological therapy session is usually greater than the Medicare rebate, so you will need to pay the difference between what the psychologist charges you and the Medicare rebate. This will vary and you should check this with the psychologist before commencing your treatment.
Can I go directly to a psychologist to receive treatment through Medicare?
You must be referred by your GP, your psychiatrist or paediatrician. Your GP will need to complete a detailed mental health assessment and prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan before referring you to a psychologist. You should book a longer session with your GP to enable time for this.
Can I access any psychologist?
Under the scheme you can only see a registered psychologist with a Medicare Provider Number who you have been referred to by your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician.