Everybody’s circumstances are different and a “one size fits all” approach to psychology services is not appropriate, this includes fee charged patients’ sessions and ongoing support. Please call Anna to discuss fees and the options available.
Options include a sliding fee scale if circumstances warrant, or bulk billing options if appropriate. It is important you receive the support you feel you need, and Anna is happy to discuss suitable fee options with patients who are committed to their therapy.
If you obtain a Better Access Mental Health Care Plan from your GP at the time of referral, you will be able to claim a rebate. The Medicare rebate you are entitled to under the Better Access Initiative is $84.80. There is usually a ‘gap’ between the Medicare rebate and the fee for services. You are responsible for paying this difference, or ‘gap’ between the fee and the Medicare rebate. This is an out-of-pocket expense, which will count towards your Medicare Safety Net.
Most private health insurance funds will reimburse for psychological services. Contact your health fund to determine whether and how much they will reimburse you. If your sessions are part of a General Practitioner’s Mental Health Treatment Plan or a Psychiatrist’s Assessment and Management Plan, there is a generous rebate available through Medicare. In these cases you may only claim either through your health fund or Medicare.
Anna can offer bulk billing to a limited number of patients if they meet requirements set out by the Australian Government. However, bulk billing psychology sessions are limited by regulation and are in high demand, so there may be some delays in securing an appointment with this arrangement.
If you require a bulk billing appointment, you will first need to see your General Practitioner (GP) for a referral and a mental health care plan. For more information, visit the Australian Government’s Department of Health website.
Please be aware that bulk billing psychology appointments are in high demand, and that there may be a waitlist for this service.
Anna’s sliding scale fee structure is another option that allows a payment plan to be worked out depending on individual circumstances. Feel free to contact Anna to discuss your options.
The consultation fee is due at each session. A HICAPS facility is available to make payment and refund easy when using a Medicare mental health plan or Private Health Fund. In the event you are unable to keep an appointment, notify Anna 24 hours in advance, otherwise you will be charged for the session. If you need a reduction in fee to continue with therapy, please feel comfortable discussing this with Anna.