From 1 November 2006, Medicare rebates will cover 85% of the cost of
the scheduled fee for up to 12 individual sessions for each client per
calendar year. To be eligible for the
rebate, clients must be referred
to the psychologist by their GP under a GP Mental Health Care
by a psychiatrist under an assessment and management plan. Children are
covered by Medicare if they are referred either by a GP or directly by
a psychiatrist or pediatrician.
Dr Stefa Wirga,
principal psychologist with Better Psychological
Solutions, is a registered provider with Medicare.
Issues that can be covered under a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan include:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Alcohol and Drug Disorders
Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder