Fees / Rebates

Fee Increase – Effective 1st August 2019

 

Please be advised that there will be a consultation fee increase as of 1st August 2019. We are a private billing practice and do not bulk bill. Our fees are significantly less than the APS recommended rates.

 

As of 1st August 2019, fees will be as follows:

 

$170 – Initial / Standard consultation ($86.15 Medicare rebate with an eligible MHCP)

$120 - Short consultation ($61.05 Medicare rebate with an eligible MCHP)

 

If you have a valid Centrelink Pension or Health Care Card we offer a discounted fee as follows:

 

$140 - Initial / Standard consultation ($86.15 Medicare rebate with an eligible MHCP)

$105 - short consultation ($61.05 Medicare rebate with an eligible MHCP)

Fees for Assessment Services will also increase. Please see details below.

 

Full payment at the time of your consultation is required and can be made by cash, credit card or EFTPOS. We can (usually) process your Medicare claim at the time of appointment.

 

Further information is available on our website.

 

Thank you

Medicare rebates

Medicare rebates do not cover the full cost of providing you with medical care. This is because the rate at which successive governments have indexed the Medicare Schedule fees has been substantially lower than increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and average weekly earnings.

The reality is that Medicare rebates do not cover the cost of providing you with a safe and high quality service. The fees charged by this practice have to cover all of our practice costs including employing receptionists, and meeting our operating expenses such as rent, equipment, electricity, computers and insurance.

 

Assessment Services

 

Assessment of Intellectual Ability + Report ($850)

Involves interview with parent(s)/guardians accompanying the child, administration of the WISC-V Australian, or for preschool children the WPPSI-IV Australian, and a written report. The report provides information about the child’s background, his or her test taking behaviour, and an interpretation of the results. A concrete IQ score is suggested and ranges of IQ and percentile ranks provided. The child's intellectual strengths and weaknesses are discussed and suggestions made about future plans.


Assessment of Achievement Ability + report ($850)

Involves interview with parent(s)/guardians accompanying the child, administration of the WIAT-III Australian and a written report. The report provides information about the child’s background, his or her test taking approach and an interpretation of the results. Concrete scores suggested for reading, mathematics and language abilities and ranges and percentile ranks provided for more accuracy. Age and grade relevant interpretation is provided to explain whether the child’s scores reflect age and grade appropriate performances. This is the current assessment tool suggested for use in diagnosis of Specific Learning Disorders (previously referred to as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia). Suggestions are made about areas of academic strengths and weaknesses and about future directions in educational advancement.


Assessment and comparison of intellectual and achievement abilities + report ($1190)

Involves interview with parent(s)/guardians accompanying the child, administration of WISC-V Australian and the WIAT-III Australian and a written report. The report provides information about the child’s background, his or her test taking approach and an interpretation of the results. Separate sections report performances on the WISC-V Australian and on the WIAT-III Australian. In addition, a comparative analysis is provided between the WISC-V Australian and the WIAT-III Australian results. The child’s academic performance is evaluated in terms of his or her intellectual ability. The comparison includes an interpretation whether the child performed consistently with his or her intellectual abilities, or whether the child under or over performed. In cases of over or under achievements, suggestions will be made about approaches to best utilise the child’s academic potential.

 

**Prices are subject to change without notice**

 

What about my private health insurance?

You cannot use your private health insurance ancillary cover to top-up the Medicare rebates for these services. You need to decide if you will use Medicare or your private health insurance ancillary cover to pay for psychological services you receive. You can either access rebates from Medicare by following the claiming process or claim where available on your insurer’s ancillary benefits.

 

Medicare Benefits are NOT payable for assessment services. However, you may be able to use Private Health fund rebates for assessment services. Please contact your Health Fund directly.

 

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