Appointments, Fees and Medicare Rebates
From day one, we have always tried to ensure that no one would be turned away because they did not have the money needed for our services. The Cairnmillar Trust Fund continues to subsidise those people unable to afford our services thanks to the donations of many individuals, organisations and philanthropic trusts over many years.
The thoughtfulness and generosity of our donors and benefactors continues. Today is no different. Every day of every year we assist people on low incomes and those in financial difficulty who are in need of our services.
All the registered psychologists at Cairnmillar have been endorsed by Medicare Australia to provide treatment for mental health problems. This service provides considerable assistance to people living with mental health problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare. Medicare rebates are also available for consultations with specialist clinical psychologists, who are experts in the assessment and treatment of mental disorders.
To claim the Medicare Rebate you will need a referral from your GP to see a psychologist. To obtain a referral you will need to make an appointment with your GP to discuss the issues you have been facing. Your GP will then raise a Mental Health Care plan with Medicare. At that point you will be eligible for up to 10 psychology sessions per calendar year under the Care plan. To find out more and download the Government Fact Sheet.
Health Fund Rebates
If you belong to a private health fund, you may be able to claim a rebate for psychological services. The exact amount of the rebate will depend upon your level of cover, and the rebate varies between health funds. It is best to check with your fund for an exact per session rebate figure.
Fees vary according to the psychologist and are payable at the time of consultation. Medicare rebates of $84.80 and $124.50 apply with a doctor’s referral.
Appointment Confirmation and Cancellation Policy
Cairnmillar is committed to assisting clients to attend their therapy, and as such sends out reminder SMS text messages to clients’ mobile phones 48 hours prior to scheduled appointments.
Cancellations made with 24 hours notice, will incur no cancellation fee. Cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice, will incur a cancellation fee charged to the client’s credit card.
Non-attendance on the day of the appointment will incur a cancellation fee of 100% of the session fee charged to the client’s credit card. The cancellation fee can only be waived in extenuating circumstances. Whilst administrative staff action invoices for any cancellation fees, they are not able to discuss any waiver of fees. Any waiver for fees will be the decision of the Director of Clinical Services.