Medicare

Better Access to Mental Health Care

The Federal Government introduced new Mental Health Medicare Items on 1 November 2006 that enabled greater access to Psychologists and psychological support services for all Australians.

Medicare Rebates

Medicare Rebates for Psychological Support under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative are:

  • MBS Item No. 80110 – Session 50+ mins – Individual ‘Focussed Psychological Strategies’ ………….$86.15
  • MBS Item No. 80120 – Minimum 60 mins – Group ‘Focussed Psychological Strategies’ ……………..$22.00
  • MBS Item No. 80010 – Session 50+ mins – Psychological Therapy …………………………………….$126.50

[MBS Item No. 80010, can only be provided by Psychologists who have a practice endorsement in clinical psychology registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. This endorsement is needed for severe or clinical mental illness management. The higher medicare rebate is available to improve access to support for those individuals coping with extreme mental health conditions.]

Medicare Card

Medicare Claiming

FOR ONLINE MEDICARE CLAIMS

Visit MEDICARE ONLINE CLAIMING to register.

Online Medicare Claiming is not available for Psychological Support Services at this time, however it is possible to make an online claim using your Smart Phone and the Express Plus Medicare App. See below for more details.

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FOR SMART PHONE MEDICARE CLAIMS

  1. You will be provided with a Medicare Receipt at the time of your session via email. You can print out the email or click on the link the PDF version. This can be easily captured by screenshot or printed to one page.
  2. You register an Online Medicare Claims account
  3. Create your account, go to http://www.my.gov.au. This is an Online Hub that will let you add the different services you are currently using such as Medicare or Centrelink
  4. Get the Express Plus Medicare Smart Phone App and set up with my.gov.au login details from Google Play Store
  5. Now you are all set to claim Psych Services using the App!
  6. Take a Photo of your receipt or use the SQUARE link to PDF receipt (easier), add your claiming details and submit
  7. Medicare Rebate provided to you within 24-48 Hours

FOR PAPER BASED MEDICARE CLAIMS

  1. You will be provided with a Medicare Receipt at the time of your session via email which you can print out.
  2. You can then post your Medicare Receipt together with your Medicare Claim Form to …

MEDICARE
GPO BOX 9822
MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Download Medicare Claim Form

FOR IN PERSON MEDICARE CLAIMS

  1. You will be provided with a Medicare Receipt at the time of your session via email which you can print out.
  2. You can then take your Medicare Receipt together with your Medicare Claim Form to your nearest Medicare Service Centre.
  3. Click on the link to find your Local Service Centre