Medicare Mental Health Plan

Sally from Creative Healing is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. Sally is able to offer affordable professional support as Medicare will cover some of the consultation fee when you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.

The Medicare Mental Health Plan provides better access to psychiatrists, psychologists, and Mental Health Social Workers in order to improve outcomes for those diagnosed with mental health disorders.

Medicare rebates are available to patients who have a referral for a Mental Health Plan from their GP, paediatrician or psychiatrists.

Rebates are available for up to ten individual services and ten group allied mental health services per year to patients with an assessed mental health disorder.

Health professionals are free to determine their own fees for patients with mental health disorders for Medicare rebate-able allied services – as such, charges in excess of the rebate are the responsibility of the patient.

How Can I Access The Medicare Mental Health Plan?

This initiative is available to patients with an assessed mental health disorder who would be best benefited from a structured approach to their management and treatment needs.

Disorders covered under the Medicare Mental Health Plan are that that significantly impact the patient’s social, cognitive, or emotional abilities.

To access these services you will first need to visit your GP to assess whether you have a mental disorder and if the preparation of a Mental Health Treatment Plan is right for you.

Your GP will then prepare a GP Mental Health Care Plan for you.

Once you have a GP Mental Health Care Plan then you can access the rebate through medicare.

What does rebate mean?

At Creative Healing you will pay an upfront fee. Once this is paid in full you will receive a receipt which you can either take to a Medicare office or apply online for the rebate. Your out of pocket cost will be the difference between the full fee and the rebate.

How Long Can I Use the Mental Health Care Plan?

Depending on your needs, you can return to your GP or psychiatrist and obtain a new referral. You can obtain an additional 4 services to a maximum of 10 individual sessions and 10 group services per year.