Billing & Fees

Better Access Scheme – Medicare*

Psychological assessment and treatment sessions usually take 50-60 minutes. If you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, Medicare provides a significant rebate towards the total cost. The out of pocket fee for an individual consultation will be approximately $70 and $90 for couples or family therapy. Patients are eligible to receive rebates for up to 20 individual sessions per calendar year. This represents an increase from the previous 10 sessions due to COVID-19. The 20 sessions per year increase has been funded for 2 years from 2020 to 2022. The number of rebated sessions are based on Government budget allocation and is not representative of how many sessions a patient may need.

In addition to individual therapy sessions, Medicare provides rebates towards Group Therapy sessions. Patients can access rebates for up to 20 individual sessions and 10 Group sessions per calendar year.

Psychologist Interns*

Emerald Psychology Practice is a placement location for Provisional Psychologist and Counselling Interns. Interns are affiliated with a University and required to complete on site placements. All Interns are completing Post Graduate Maters or Doctorate courses and are qualified and experienced to provide psychological assessment and treatment under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist Supervisor. Provisional Psychologists Interns are able to provide low cost psychological care to our patients. The out of pocket gap to see an Intern is just $50 and as there is no requirement for a Mental Health Care plan, patients can access long-term psychological treatment without the limitation of 20 rebated sessions through Medicare. Our clinic is passionate about supporting Internship programs and building links with local Universities in return for a valuable service to our patients.

TAC, Workcover, DVA, VOCAT, EAP*

Patients with an accepted claim under any of these schemes, do not have to pay an out of pocket expense. Our psychologists are registered to provide psychological assessment and treatment to patients under these schemes. The number of sessions is dependent upon the type of claim you have.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)*

Emerald Psychology Practice is registered to provide assessment and treatment to patients registered under the NDIS. There are no out of pocket gaps for NDIS patients and accounts are all recovered from NDIS directly.

Private Health Cover*

Psychological assessment and treatment sessions usually take 50-60 minutes. Patients with Private Health cover can receive rebates towards a consultation. The number of rebated sessions and the out of pocket fee will depend on the type of cover you have.

Private Fees*

Patients who wish to see a psychologist outside of the Medicare or any other schemes are able to pay the full fee for a consultation. The fees for a 50-60 minute, individual session are as follows:

Clinical Psychologist $200

Non-Clinical Psychologist $160

Fees for couples or family therapy are as follows:

Clinical Psychologist $220

Non-Clinical Psychologist $180

Counsellors $100

Billing

The Emerald Psychology Practice uses the HICAPS billing system to allow for a convenient and efficient payment process. Patients can receive their Medicare and Private Health Cover rebates immediately. Medicare and EFTPOS cards are required in order to process rebates. Emerald Psychology Practice in an independent private practice clinic therefore all accounts must be settled on the day of service.

*24-hour notice is required to cancel appointments or a 50% cancellation fee may be charged.