Consultation costs, health insurance and medicare rebates

CONSULTATION COST

Our fee for a 60 minute consultation is $150 per session for a session with a general psychologist and $190 per session for a session with a clinical psychologist. If you have a mental health care plan from your GP, you can claim a Medicare rebate for your session for up to 10 sessions in a calendar year. The amount of your rebate depends on which psychologist you see. The current Medicare rebate for a general psychologist is $84.40 per session and $124.50 for a clinical psychologist. 

We can process Medicare rebates here at our clinic for you for your convenience. If you are not eligible for a Medicare rebate, but have private health insurance, you may still be able to claim back part of your session cost from your insurance. Check with your GP or private health insurer for details.

MEDICARE REBATES

Medicare supports psychological treatments for common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. If you are eligible for a mental health care plan, you can claim a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions of psychological treatment per calendar year. The Medicare rebate currently is set at $84.80 per session for a session with a general psychologist and $124.50 per session for a session with a clinical psychologist.

To find out if you are eligible, speak with your doctor. Remember to ask for a longer consultation when booking your appointment with your GP as completing a mental health care plan may take a little bit of time.

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IS A REFERRAL REQUIRED?

No, you do not need a referral to see a psychologist. However, if you wish to claim a Medicare rebate you need a mental health care plan. To obtain a mental health care plan, you will need to see your GP first for an assessment to determine if you are eligible for a mental health care plan.

WHY DO FEES VARY BETWEEN PSYCHOLOGISTS?
WHAT IS THE DIFFENCE BETWEEN A GENERAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST?

All psychologists study the mind and human behaviour, but within the discipline of psychology there are several specialist areas. The area of clinical psychology is one of these specialist areas and the area most closely related to psychiatry (with the exception of the medical aspects of psychiatry). For more information on psychology and the different areas of speciality within psychology, please follow the link: http://www.psychology.org.au/public/psychology-types/

A clinical psychologist has had specialist training and experience in the area of clinical psychology and is therefore considered a 'specialist' within the area of psychology. Medicare acknowledges this by rebating psychological services by a clinical psychologist at a different rate.

All the psychologists at "The Red Couch" have a minimum of 6 years training and many years of clinical experience. All of our psychologists provide the same service and dedication to clinical excellence in client care. We pride ourselves on providing a consistently warm and caring service to our clients that is marked by the use of cutting edge, evidence-based clinical treatments. Therefore, the out-of-pocket expense a client incurs when seeing one of our psychologists is the same, whether you see a clinical psychologist or a general psychologist. Fees differ as a result of the tiers within the Medicare system. Your out-of-pocket cost for psychological services is the same, regardless of the psychologist you choose to work with.

FEE SUMMARY

Dr. Elke Kellis
Senior Psychologist / Practice Manager
Session fee: $150
Medicare rebate: $84.80
Out-of-pocket cost: $65.20

Remy Lindner
Psychologist
Session fee: $150
Medicare rebate: $84.80
Out-of-pocket cost: $65.20

Rebecca Urie
Clinical Psychologist
Session fee: $190
Medicare rebate: $124.50
Out-of-pocket cost: $65.50

Davina Morley
Psychologist
Session fee: $150
Medicare rebate: $84.80
Out-of-pocket cost: $65.20

Darryl Wilson
Psychologist
Session fee: $150
Medicare rebate: $84.80
Out-of-pocket cost: $65.20