My fee is $150.00 per session for the first ten sessions. Following the tenth session, my fee is $125.00. Sessions are 50 minutes.
As of September 2020, the Medicare rebate per 50-minute consultation with a registered psychologist is $87.45. Medicare will rebate up to twenty psychological consultations per calendar year. To be eligible for a rebate, a patient must be referred by a GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist. If symptoms meet Medicare’s criteria for psychological consultations, your doctor will issue a Mental Health Care Plan and referral.
You do not need a referral from a doctor to see a psychologist. You can simply call direct and book a consultation. It just means that you cannot claim a Medicare rebate if you don’t have a referral. Some patients book directly because it caters to their privacy concerns, they may not be eligible for a Medicare rebate, or they want a therapeutic approach which is not restricted by Medicare.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ACCESS PLUS PROGRAM
Patients who are eligible for this program can receive eight fully-funded psychological sessions per calendar year. Access to this program requires an assessment of eligibility and referral process which is co-ordinated through your GP. The program is funded by the Sydney North Primary Health Network. These sessions are 1 hour.