My standard fee is $160.00 per 50 minute consultation but with your Medicare rebate (subject to eligibility) you effectively only pay a gap of $71.75 per session (explained below).
You have 3 payment options:
1. Medicare rebate (recommended)
All Australian citizens are entitled to up to 20 subsidised sessions with a psychologist per calendar year under Medicare (subject to review by your doctor after your 6th and 10th sessions).
Make an appointment to see a doctor to ask for a referral (called a Mental Health Care Plan) addressed to me, which entitles you to a rebate of $88.25 per session for a maximum of 20 sessions per calendar year. The full amount of $160.00 is payable at time of your appointment: you cannot simply pay the gap, and you can claim your Medicare rebate on the spot via my HICAPS terminal, which will be deposited into your bank account, such that you effectively only pay a gap of $71.75 per session.
Please bring your MHCP with you to your first appointment or have your doctor fax it to me on (08) 8490 2310 prior to your first appointment, if you wish to claim your Medicare rebate.
2. Private health insurance
If you have private health insurance, you may also be entitled to a rebate from your insurer. However, amounts vary between insurers, so please contact yours for more information. Please note, you can only claim one rebate at a time: either your Medicare or your health fund rebate, but not both. Because the Medicare rebate is usually bigger than most private health rebates, most people prefer to use their private health rebates after all of their Medicare rebates have been used.
3. Full fee
You are not required to obtain a referral from your doctor or use private health insurance and may simply choose to pay the full fee.
Cancellations without 24 hours notice will incur a fee of $110.00.