Medicare Rebates and Psychology

Commonly Asked Questions About Medicare and Psychology Treatment

 

Are psychologists covered by Medicare?

Yes, Medicare  provides rebates for psychological services.

 

How much does Medicare pay for a psychologist?

Medicare pays $124.50 for a 50 minute session with a clinical psychologist.

 

How many psychology session are provided under Medicare?

Medicare provides rebates for BOTH 10 individual and 10 group sessions per year ;provided the individual has obtained a mental health care plan and a separate referral letter from their doctor stating the number of sessions.

 

How much does it cost to see a psychologist?

Fess vary. The Australian Psychological Society  recommended  fee is $251 but  Catherine Madigan, clinical psychologist practising in Melbourne in Hawthorn, one of eastern suburbs , charges $185.00  ( $185.00 -medicare rebate of $124.50 =$60.50 gap so clients are out of pocket only $60 per session.

 Low income health care concession card  holders are bulk billed by Catherine.