Medicare Rebates and Psychology

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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 $126.50 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 $190.00  ( $190.00 -medicare rebate of $126.50 =$63.50 gap so clients are out of pocket only $63.50 session.

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