Fees, Private Clients and Payment Terms
The APS National Schedule recommends a fee of $251 for a fifty-minute consult. At North Cairns Clinical Psychology, in the interests of making our services more accessible for everyone, we adjust our fee as follows:
Initial Appointment: $210 for a 50-minute consultation.
Subsequent Appointments: $190 for a 50-minute consultation.
Please note, the fee for appointments outside of business hours Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00pm, will incur a $20 after hours fee.
Clients can access our services privately. One can self-refer by just calling our reception to make an appointment.
Payment is required at the commencement of your appointment. Our practice has full EFTPOS facilities and we accept all major credit cards.
For clients with a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP (or Psychiatrist or Pediatrician), a Medicare rebate of $124.50 can be claimed for six sessions initially. If appropriate, a review by your GP may result in an additional four sessions. A maximum of 10 sessions may be claimed in a calendar year. It is recommended that you discuss your eligibility for a referral with your GP before you make an appointment to see one of our Clinical Psychologists.
With the Medicare rebate, the out of pocket cost (or gap payment) is only $60.50 per consultation.
Private Health Insurance Rebates
Most private health funds provide rebates for psychological services under their extras cover. To find out what level of rebate you may be eligible for, please contact your provider directly. A GP referral or Mental Health Care Plan is not required to access such rebates and we are also happy to provide on the spot claiming for eligible for clients.
Please note that Medicare rebates and private health insurance rebates cannot be claimed for the same consultation.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Referrals and Workers’ Compensation Referrals
Each of our Clinical Psychologists are registered to provide treatment to DVA clients. DVA clients can be referred by a GP or a Psychiatrist.
Each of our Clinical Psychologists can also provide services to those who are referred for treatment under Workers’ Compensation. Once a claim has been approved, such referrals can originate from a Rehabilitation Provider, an Insurer, the Nominated Treating Doctor, or an Employer.
This will be discussed with your Clinical Psychologist at your initial session.