Fees + Cancellation Policy
The fee for a standard consultation of 50 minutes is $235.00*
If your GP has provided you with a Mental Health Treatment Plan, Medicare will rebate $137.05 for a 50 minute consultation. This means that your out-of-pocket expense will be $97.95 per consultation (for up to ten sessions per calendar year).
*This fee is below the recommended consultation rate set by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), which is currently $300.
In line with guidelines provided by the Australian Psychological Society, at least 48 hours notice of non-attendance is required. This is essential so that clients on a waiting list can be offered your appointment slot and so that Marissa can make the best use of her time.
100% of the full fee will be charged where less than 48 hours notice of non-attendance is provided.
Please note that Medicare or health insurance rebates are not applicable to cancellation fees.
You do not need a referral to see a clinical psychologist, however a referral from your General Practitioner (GP) in the form of a Mental Health Treatment Plan is required in order to access Medicare rebates for clinical psychology consultations.
If you plan to use private health insurance for your treatment, you do not need a referral.
Medicare rebates are available for Clinical Psychology services provided under a Mental Health Treatment Plan. This Plan is a referral that is completed by a GP or Psychiatrist and provides access to Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual consultations per person, per calendar year.
Your referring GP will schedule a return visit to review your progress after the 6th psychological consultation. At this point your GP will provide a referral for an additional 4 consultations, if required.
Medicare will rebate $137.05 for a 50 minute consultation with a Clinical Psychologist.
This means that for a 50 minute clinical psychology consultation, a client who has a Mental Health Treatment Plan will pay a gap of $97.95 per consultation, for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.
Private Health Insurance
If you have a private health insurance policy with ancillary (extras) cover, you may be eligible for a rebate for some of your consultations. Contact your insurer to check if you are covered, if any waiting periods are to be served and what rebate you should expect.
You can only claim from either Medicare or a Private health fund for any psychology session. Private Health will not contribute towards the ‘gap’ between the Medicare rebate and the consultation fees. Your receipt will have a code specific to either Medicare or Private Health depending on yeh ether or not you are attending under a mental health care plan or not.
The benefit payable to members of private health funds varies between health funds and according to the level of ancillary or extras cover. It is best to contact your health fund directly to check your eligibility as well as information regarding rebates.