Medicare

Psychologists are able to offer a Medicare rebate for counselling services on either a GP Mental Health Care Plan (GPMHP) or an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC)/Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan. Medicare allows up to ten sessions per calendar year for GPMHP and 5 sessions for EPC or CDM plans. 

The Federal Government unfortunately is not continuing to fund the additional 10 Medicare sessions on the GPMHP (Better Health Access Scheme) if the initial 10 sessions have been used.  Any current GP plans are still valid for 12 months, only 10 sessions per calender year can now be utilised in 2023.

Fees and Rebates 

Counselling appointments at Links Psychology are $140, this is for initial and ongoing, individual sessions.  We also provide couples counselling at $150 per session.  If you have a GP Mental Health Care Plan then we can process the Medicare rebate of $89.65 for you at the time of your consult, leaving a gap of $50.35. The rebate for an EPC plan is $56.00, with a gap of $84.00.

Please let us know if you are currently experiencing financial hardship or are a concession, health care or pension card holder.

Telehealth

We continue to offer face to face consultations.  We are also pleased to offer phone or video consultations, these are conducted via phone, FaceTime or Zoom.  Telehealth appointments can be paid via direct deposit or credit card over the phone prior to your appointment.  

Claiming your Medicare Rebate

We are able to process your Medicare rebate at the time of the appointment (for face to face clients) onto an EFTPOS card (Cheque or Savings account).  If you do not have access to these or you are having a teleHealth (phone or video consultation), we can process the rebate electronically.  The rebate will be deposited via Medicare to the account you have listed with them.  Alternatively - Please click this link for information on how to claim your Medicare rebate on myGov or the mobile Medicare app.