Can I claim a rebate from Medicare?
For more information see this fact sheet.
If you see a psychologist or mental health social worker for mental health issues, your GP can write a Mental Health Care Plan. This entitles you to a Medicare rebate for 10 sessions per calendar year. The gap payment after the rebate is $85 per hour session for psychologists.
Medicare rebates do not apply for counsellors. However, counsellors may offer generous concessions for financial difficulties. Also Private Health rebates may apply.
Couples counselling is not covered under Medicare. “Relationship problems are not considered to be a mental health disorder and therefore are not an allowable focus of treatment under Better Access.” (APS, 2013) If you want couples counselling, visit our Relationship Counselling page.