Patients/clients of Leah come from a variety of referral sources and are covered under a variety of funding arrangements. This includes but is not limited to the following:

MOST COMMON

General Practitioners (GP) – particularly under a GP Mental Health Care Plan (where you are entitled to a rebate under Medicare – see section below called Medicare.

 

MEDICARE

At present the Medicare system enables patient to obtain a rebate for 20 sessions per calendar year (January to December each year).  The 20 sessions come under Medicare rules involving the COVID-19 pandemic.  Prior to this ruling in 2021, patients could only access ten sessions each year with a rebate from Medicare.  Any more than ten would need to be fully funded by the patient.

 

To obtain a plan and the subsequent rebate you must see a GP before your first session.  When arranging an appointment to see a GP for a mental health care plan it is recommended you advise the GP's receptionist that you are seeking this plan as they may require you to book a longer consultation or multiple consultations.

Leah charges a gap fee that is $44-74 above the Medicare of $129.55). See Fees page for more information.

 

 

 

OTHER REFERRALS

  •  Self-referral  - fully funded with no GP Mental Health Care Plan

  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA)

  • Work Cover - Australia Wide

  • TeleHealth - during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as remote and regional patients 

  • NDIS (plan managed participants)

 

Leah does not see patients under Victim Services or CTP claims (Motor Accident Insurance).

PRIVATE HEALTH

Rebates are available with most private health insurers. However, you cannot claim a further rebate if you have already claimed with Medicare.  The private health option is usually if the patient requires further sessions.

 

The rebate is usually between $30 to $70, and for a limited number of sessions. It is recommended you contact your insurer to check your level of cover and the rebate.

There have been changes due to COVID-19 and you may be eligible for a higher rebate - please check with your private health insurer.