Fees and Rebates

Medicare rebates are available when a GP has completed a GP Mental Health Care Plan. When assessed as eligible, most people are able to access up to ten sessions in any calendar year under Better Access. 

Acorn Psychology fees are set between the Medicare Schedule Fee and the APS (Australian Psychological Society) recommended rates.

Health insurance rebates are also possible under ‘extras’ cover. It is not possible to access both a Medicare rebate and a health insurance rebate for the same service, however you may choose to use your health insurance once you have used all ten Medicare sessions. Some people prefer to access services without a Medicare rebate, and no referral is necessary if choose not to receive a rebate.

Rates and rebates vary across psychologists within Acorn Psychology, so please check whether your preferred psychologist charges fees as set out below, before your first appointment.

Fees as of 1st July 2017.


Appointment costs

Service Charge Medicare Rebate Health Insurance Rebate Approximate out of pocket
cost under Medicare
Initial Session $240 $124.50 $50-$128 $115.50
90 Minute Consultation $240 $124.50 $50-$128 $115.50
50 Minute Consultation $205 $124.50 $50-$128 $80.50
30 Minute Consultation $150 $84.80   $65.20
Home, School or Workplace Visit $280/hour
$200/30 mins
$145.60
$106.00
$50-$128
 
$134.40
$94.00

Reports and Letters

Service Charge Medicare Rebate Health Insurance Rebate Approximate out of pocket cost under Medicare
SEAS Report, Special Consideration Letters, etc $50 No Rebate No Rebate  
Summary Report (or Letter) $140/hour No Rebate No Rebate $70-$300
Full Psychological Assessment and Report $500 plus $140 per hour of testing time No Rebate $50-$110 (depending on members'/insurers' cover) $1200-$1500
Legal Report Billed at full APS rates No Rebate No Rebate POA

Groups

Service Charge Medicare Rebate Health Insurance Rebate Approximate out of pocket
cost under Medicare
Tuning in to Kids $400 per person $189.90 Check with your insurer $210.10 per person
Parenting Program $700 per couple $379.80
($31.65 group rebate)
Check with your insurer $320.20 per couple

Other Resources

Service Charge Medicare Rebate Health Insurance Rebate Approximate out of pocket
cost under Medicare
Books Billed at cost No Rebate No Rebate $15-$28