Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health Care - Psychology Services

Medicare rebates are available for up to 10 individual and 10 group psychology sessions per calendar year for patients with an assessed mental disorder who are referred by a doctor managing the patient under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan – 2710

For assessment and referral under a MHCP the following action is required

GP appointment: Make an appointment with your general practitioner to discuss your mental health. The general practitioner will make an assessment and may refer you to a psychologist for assistance. Advise the clinic in advance that you require a longer appointment with the doctor so there is adequate time to make the assessment.

Referral to psychologist: Your general practitioner will write a Mental Health Care Plan that will be lodged with Medicare and will also send a referral letter to the treating psychologist. You must be referred to a specific psychologist. My details are:

    Simon Parker             Provider No 2581658A

                                            88 Rathdowne St, Carlton, 3053

                                           Focused Psychological Strategies                

    MBS Item                     No 80110 (50 min)

    Medicare rebate        $84.80

Attend psychologist: You may then attend the psychologist for up to 6 sessions.

The rebate is available from Medicare after payment for each session. At Carlton Family Medical funds are electronically deposited into your account the next day.

Report: Your psychologist will write to your doctor outlining progress after completion of the initial 6 sessions or at the completion of counselling.

Review: After the initial 6 sessions, you can attend your general practitioner for a review to discuss your progress and they may refer you for a further 4 sessions. The doctor will lodge a Care Plan Review with Medicare.

Attend psychologist: You may then attend further sessions. Your psychologist will write to your doctor about progress after completion of the sessions. You can then attend your general practitioner again to review progress.