To claim a Medicare rebate you must book an appointment with a suitable therapist who is a Medicare provider and see a GP who will put you on a Mental Health Treatment Plan and refer you to a therapist.

Talked will guide you through the process of booking your first Medicare appointment and claiming your rebate. To get started you can follow our Medicare guide to booking your first session.

In order to claim a rebate from Medicare you must:

  • Have a Mental Health Treatment Plan (previously known as a 'mental health care plan')

  • Have a referral from your GP

  • Have a valid Medicare card

  • Book with a therapist who is a Medicare provider

How much rebate will I get back?

This changes, so it's often best to check with your therapist. But as of Jan 2022 the rebates are usually:

Psychologist is $88.25

Clinical Psychologist $128.40

Social Worker: $77.80

How do I claim the rebate?

After your session you'll be able to download an invoice. You can then use this invoice to claim your rebate in the following ways:

Why do only some therapists offer a Medicare rebate?

Medicare only covers some therapists, normally these are psychologists and mental health social workers. This is a Government imposed restriction.

Even though you can not claim a rebate from Medicare for other therapists, you may still be able to claim one through your private health insurance.

How do I get a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP)?

You must book an appointment with your GP. They will ask you a series of questions and based on this they may prepare you a MHTP and refer you to a mental health practitioner.

Have more questions about Medicare?

Check out our Medicare FAQ page or get started and book your first Medicare session.

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