Am I eligible for the Medicare rebate?
Individual and group counselling sessions are covered by Medicare when you have a referral from your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician (for referral for a child). This includes our Group Sessions and Courses.
Getting a referral entails making an appointment with your GP to complete a Mental Health Care Plan together. It is a good idea to tell the doctor’s reception staff that you will need a psychological referral when you make the appointment so that they know how long to book you in for. It usually takes 30 minutes.
You will need to obtain your GP referral prior to your first appointment in order to receive Medicare rebates.
You are able to request referral to specific psychologist; however it is advisable to first ensure that the psychologist is registered with the Victorian Registration Board and has a Medicare Provider Number.
All psychologists at Psylegal are registered and have Medicare Provider Numbers, enabling you to claim a Medicare rebate for your counselling sessions. Our Group Sessions and Courses are also claimable with a referral.
Note that you do not require a referral from a GP to access psychological services unless you intend to claim a Medicare rebate.
With a GP referral, you are entitled to the following number of counselling sessions:
- Up to 10 individual counselling sessions in a calendar year. Your psychologist will provide your referring doctor with a progress report following the initial six sessions AND
- Up to 10 group program sessions in a calendar year, which include the Group Sessions and Courses held at Psylegal.