Prior to 1 July 2014, Medicare Rebates were increased annually on the 1st of November to keep pace with rising costs for living. Medicare indexation freeze was announced in 2014 and will be in place until 2018. Medicare rebate will not be increased for four years from 1 July 2014 until July 2018.
We have been providing excellent treatment services at Upwey Psychology for an reasonable fee since 2010. We have from the 1 January 2014 maintained a standard out of pocket fee. Our intention was to increase our fees annually, with the Medicare Rebate increase, so we would be able to maintain a standard out of pocket cost to you.
However due to the Medicare indexation freeze and the rising costs of living during this period, maintaining a standard out of pocket fee was not possible. It was necessary to review our fees in 2016 and again now in 2019.
The Australian Psychological Society’s Recommended Fees for 2018-2019 stipulate the fee for a One Hour Session should be $251.00. Our fees are significantly less than this Standard for the Profession of Psychologists.