Medicare rebates are available for psychology services with a referral from a GP.
Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan.
You must obtain Mental Health Care Plan from your GP or psychiatrist in order to receive treatment through Medicare.
There is a rebate of $128.40 from a fee of $185 for up to 10 sessions if your psychologist has Clinical Endorsement.
If your psychologist has General Endorsement the fee for session is $145 with a rebate of $87.45.
In order to be eligible to receive a rebate through Medicare, you must have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP prior to your appointment.
Please refer to the APS Fact Sheet “Medicare rebates for mental health services provided by psychologists” for further information regarding the process of obtaining a Mental Health Care Plan.
Costs per session
For Clinical Psychology:
Individuals: $185 per 50 minute session.
If you have a Mental Health Care Plan, your Medicare rebate is $128.40 per session, so your out-of-pocket cost is $56.60
Health Care Card holders and full-time students: $175 per 50 minute session and if you have a Mental Health Care Plan, your Medicare rebate is $128.40 per session, so your out-of-pocket cost is $46.60.
For General Psychologists:
The fee is $145 with no reductions and the rebate is $87.45 if you have a Mental Health Care Plan, and so your out-of-pocket cost is $57.55
24 hours notice must be given to avoid a cancellation fee of $50 which is not rebated under Medicare.