Q. How many sessions am I entitled to have with the Medicare rebate?
A. You are entitled to ten (10) individual sessions and ten (10) group sessions (maximum) every calendar year. A calendar year is valid from 1 January to 31 December and does not relate to your referral letter date.
Generally, your GP will approve the initial six (6) sessions which is known as the 1st course of treatment. At the completion of the initial six (6) sessions, we will send a progress report to your GP.
Your GP will then determine approval for the remaining four (4) sessions and provide a new referral letter for the 2nd course of treatment. If your GP approves, your counselling services will continue to the maximum of ten (10) sessions with a rebate.
If your GP fails to provide a new referral for the remaining four (4) sessions, your treatment will be considered completed at the end of the initial six (6) sessions. You can undertake the 2nd course of treatment at any time later in the same calendar year as required.