Our fees are less than the Australian Psychological Society’s recommended fee schedule. A standard 50 minute consultation will usually have an out of pocket expense of about $100 with a Clinical Psychologist, provided you have a GP referral. However, you can discuss the fees and rebates with us when you make your appointment.
You do not need to have a referral in order to make an appointment or if you are claiming via your private health extras fund.
In order to receive a rebate for the majority of your session fees through Medicare, you must have a valid referral (called a Mental Health Care Plan) from a GP, psychiatrist or a paediatrician. When you visit your doctor you will need to have our name, address, and fax number on hand so your doctor can make out the referral. If you do not have a regular GP, we can refer you to a GP within our network.
The following terms apply to fees at this practice:
- Medicare card holders with a Mental Health Care Plan are entitled to a rebate of part of the fee for up to 20 sessions per calendar year. The fee is $230 for a Senior Psychologist and $215 for a Psychologist. The medicare rebate is $129.55 for a Clinical Psychologist (typical gap = $100.45). For a Psychologist the medicare rebate is $88.25 (typical gap = $126.75)
- Dr Buchanan’s fees are $15 more than the fees stated above ($245 standard).
- Appointments 4pm and after attract a $20 premium, as do Saturday appointments.
- Session costs can also be offset against Private Health Extras Cover and rebates vary according to your level of cover. We work with all private health funds.
- If you are covered by NDIS there is generally no out of pocket cost. Some of our psychologists accept funding through DVA and TAC.
We require 48 hours notice to reschedule or cancel a session without occurring any fees. This policy is in place to allow us to offer the allocated time to another client who may be on a cancellation or waiting list for an appointment. In the event that less that 48 hours notice is given to cancel an appointment or a scheduled appointment is not attended, the consultation fee may be charged unless there are extenuating circumstances. Medicare does not cover cancelled appointments.
A late cancelled appointment is a loss to three people:
- The client who is delaying their therapy progress
- Another client who has been sitting on the waiting list to see the psychologist urgently
- The psychologist who spent the morning preparing for the session