Fees Structure (Medicare and Private Health Funds Rebates)
You do not need a GP referral to book an appointment at Blue Horizon Counselling.
Just dial 0403 866 997 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost per session:
The Australian Psychological Society recommended fee for treatment by a clinical psychologist is $251 for a 45-60 minute consultation.
*Skype/Phone Counselling payment must be made prior to the session.
Methods of payment:
- Credit card
- Online bank transfer
Medicare rebates available
Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologist under the Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan. you must obtain Mental Health Care Plan from you GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician in order to receive treatment through Medicare, prior to your appointment. A rebate is available for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.
Medicare rebates are available for up to ten sessions per calendar year for an individual receiving individual counselling. Rebates for sessions conducted via Skype or phone must meet the Department of Human Services location criteria for ‘remote or rural’ location.
Rebates are not available from Medicare for relationship counselling.
Please refer to the APS Fact Sheet “Medicare rebates for mental health services provided by psychologists” for further information regarding the process of obtaining a Mental Health Care Plan.
If you have a Mental Health Care Plan, your eligible Medicare rebate will be determined by the plan issued by your GP and your Medicare threshold.
As a guide, the average client receives between $52.95 to $225.30, most being $126.50.
Full payment is expected at the time of your appointment, with the rebate paid by Medicare after your session. Please note, non-attendance or late cancellation fees are not eligible for Medicare rebates.
DVA Card Holders
A Gold Card or White Card entitles the holder to DVA funding for services for all clinically necessary health care needs, and all health conditions. Only the person named on the card is covered.
You must obtain Mental Health Care Plan from you GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician in order to receive treatment at no cost to the Card Holder.
In order to be eligible to receive a rebate through DVA, you must have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP prior to your appointment and present your Gold or White Card at your initial appointment.
Limits apply to some types of services, and some require prior financial authorisation from DVA.
Private Health Insurance
Majority of private health funds offer covers for psychological services. Please check with your insurer your cover and any specific requirement they might have.
When an appointment is scheduled, that time is dedicated to you and your therapy. If you need to cancel or change an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule. In this instance, we kindly ask for you to provide at least 24 hours’ notice, so that we can schedule another client in your place.
If less than 1 business days’ notice is given, we will still make every attempt to reschedule you at a more convenient time, but you will be charged for the cancellation if we are unable to fill your appointment slot. All cancellations without providing 1 business days’ notice or non-attendance at the time scheduled for your appointment will attract a $250.00 cancellation fee.
Please note that you cannot claim the Medicare rebate for a missed session.