Frequently Asked Questions - Sessions, Fees, and Rebates
1. How many appointments will be required?
This is dependent on the complexity of the presenting issue. Some people require only six (or less) sessions, while others may require more than that. This matter will be discussed with your Psychologist. At Melbourne Wellbeing Group our focus is not so much on how long the process will take but rather on ensuring that you effectively resolve the difficulties that are present in your life, and that you maintain the gains made.
2. How long does each session last for?
Each individual session with a Psychologist is 50 minutes.
3. What is the cost of a session?
4. What is the Medicare Rebate?
The Medicare Rebate is obtainable to clients who are referred by their GP, Psychiatrist, or Paediatrician. This includes children, adolescents, and adults. The Medicare Rebate offers a considerable rebate to clients for 10 sessions per calendar year for individual therapy, and an additional 10 sessions per calendar year for group therapy.
5. How can I access the Medicare Rebate?
Medicare offers rebates for psychological services to individuals who wish to engage in individual therapy, family therapy, and/or group therapy. In order to be eligible, you need to visit your GP and/or Psychiatrist, and/or Paediatrician, and explain your mental health concerns prior to your first appointment with your Psychologist. We recommend that you first book a double appointment with your GP (i.e., at least 30 minutes), so that they have adequate time to develop a Mental Health Treatment Plan with you. Your GP will then give you the Mental Health Treatment Plan and a letter of referral. Once you have this, and have scheduled an appointment time with one of our clinicians at Melbourne Wellbeing Group, you then bring these documents to your first consultation along with your Medicare card, and our team will organise the rest. Call our friendly reception for further enquiries or to make an appointment.
6. Are there Private Health Insurance Rebates?
Yes. If you have extras cover that includes psychology and/or psychiatry, you will be able to claim a rebate from your health fund provider. As the rebate varies depending on your level of cover, please call your Private Health Fund for more information.
7. How can I pay for my sessions?
You may pay for your session by Cash, Eftpos (cheque or savings card), or Credit Card. If you have a Mental Health Treatment Plan, then the full fee of the session is to be paid before the Medicare rebate is processed. Once the fee is paid, our receptionist will be able to process your Medicare rebate straight away using our online claiming system. This means that once payment is made, our receptionist will process your Medicare claim on your behalf, and the rebate will be transferred from Medicare into the nominated bank account that you have provided to Medicare. Please note that Medicare no longer issues cheques for rebates. If you do not have your bank details saved with Medicare then we would recommend for you to do this in order to make the processing of your claim easier.
Private Health Fund Rebate
If you are claiming health fund rebates you will only be charged the gap between your rebate and the cost of the session. Private Health fund rebates and Medicare rebates cannot be used at the same time.
If you are claiming sessions through Medicare, then you will be able to lodge your claim at the time of your session. In order to do this, the full amount will need to be paid first by the above methods, before the Medicare rebate can be processed.
If you have used all 10 sessions in the current calendar year under the Mental Health Treatment Plan, and your condition is deemed to be chronic (i.e., persisting for at least six months), and there are two specialists looking after your needs (i.e., a psychologist and psychiatrist), then you may be eligible to access the Chronic Disease Management Plan. Eligibility for the Chronic Disease Management Plan is determined by your GP, and can enable you to access a rebate for a further five sessions in a calendar year,