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Mental health and Medicare

 

What is a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan (GPMHTP)?

 

A GPMHTP or a mental health care plan is a plan for people with a mental health disorder.

Your mental health care plan will have goals agreed by you and your GP and includes:

Before a mental health care plan is developed, your GP will make a detailed assessment of your history and symptoms. This is so your GP can understand your situation and provide the best possible care. You can read more on talking to your doctor about mental health by visiting the healthdirect website.

Your health information and treatment plan is confidential. GPs cannot share your information unless you agree to it.
 

Eligibility for rebated services under the Better Access Initiative

 

In 2006, the Commonwealth Government introduced Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologist and General Practitioners through the MBS (Better Access) initiative. Under this initiative, Medicare rebates are available to help improve the mental health of people with a clinically diagnosed mental illness.

A mental health care plan allows you to claim up to 10 sessions each calendar year with a Medicare registered mental health professional. This means that your GP may refer you to see a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker or occupational therapist.

For example, your GP may initially refer you for six sessions to see a psychologist for your depression. A review of your mental health care plan with your GP is available after your sixth session with the psychologist, after which your GP may recommend another four sessions.

For additional information on the Better Access initiative, including eligibility for rebated mental health services, please visit the Department of Health website.