FAQ - Fees
How much will therapy cost?
$225 - Initial consultation full fee (90 minutes)
$225 - Standard consultation full fee (50 minutes)
Payments are to be made in full on the day of consultation, any Medicare rebate can be processed at the end of your consultation through an online claiming system. Your Medicare rebate is transferred into the bank account you have registered with Medicare.
You are responsible for:
· the gap between the Medicare scheduled fee (currently $136.35 for MHCP) and the full or concession fee,
· any cancellation fees (50% of full fee plus GST),
· full session fee if a current relevant Medicare referral is not provided.
No further sessions will offered if any accounts (for sessions or cancellations) remain outstanding. Sessions already scheduled may be reallocated if fees remain outstanding 48 hours prior to the appointment.
Fees paid on the same day will be eligible for a 5% discount but those outstanding after 7 days will incur an additional 5% late charge.
$300/hour - Medicolegal Assessments and Reports
(recommended APS rate).
Please contact Michaela to discuss fees for other services.
Can I get a Medicare Rebate?
In order to receive a Medicare rebate under the Better Access initiative, you must be referred to a psychologist by an appropriate medical practitioner (GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician). The doctor must first make an assessment that you meet the relevant criteria and would benefit from the services of a psychologist.
To receive a Medicare Rebate of $136.35 for a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) you will need to provide current Medicare Card details, a copy of the MHCP and ensure that the MHCP referral is valid (less then 12 months old, reviewed by the referring doctor after sessions 6 and not exceeding 10 sessions in a calendar year). The MHCP can only be used for therapy sessions, not assessments.
You are still responsible for covering any gap fee not covered by Medicare, cancellation fees, or the full session fee if you do not have a current Mental Health Care Plan. Medicare rebates are available for a psychology services for people with specific other conditions following GP assessment (see rebate table below).
Am I eligible for a reduced fee?
Discounted Fee - on application
$165 - Initial consultation discounted fee (90 minutes)
$165 - Standard consultation discounted fee (60 minutes)
Bulk Bill Fee - not available for new clients
$136.35 - Initial consultation concession fee (90 minutes).
$136.35 - Standard consultation concession (50 minutes).
Reduced fees are only available on written application and require a Health Care Card, Pension Card and/or significant financial need For those with a Mental Health Care Plan there is a small gap between the Discounted Fee and Medicare rebate which is currently $136.35, while the Bulk Bill Fee is gap free.
The reduced fees can also be used by those who do not have an eligible Medicare referral, or a referral with a lower rebate but the proportion paid by the client increases accordingly. If A Private Health Fund Rebate may still be available if you have the relevant extras cover. There is a 5% early discount on Discounted and Full Fees for payment the same day, and an additional 5% late charge for accounts outstanding after 7 days.
Reduced fees are generally not available for Medico-legal Assessments or Reports (see Fees above).
Can I use my private health cover?
Some clients may be eligible for a Private Health Fund Rebate. To determine if you have relevant mental health coverage, you will need to check with your private health fund to determine what benefits you are eligible for, the rebate per session, and any limits on number of sessions or annual rebate entitlement.
You cannot claim both a Medicare and Private Health Fund rebate, you will need to choose which you prefer. If you wish to claim Private Health Insurance benefits, you are responsible for ensuring your eligibility and are responsible for any gap that your health insurance does not cover. Please note cancellation fees are not covered by private health insurers.
Are third-party payments possible?
Some clients may be able to arrange for their sessions fees to be paid by a third-party such as the Motor Accident Insurance Board (MAIB), Workers Compensation, Open Arms, DVA, DPFEM, or another Government Agency. This will need to be arranged with the third-party in advance and you will need to provide an authority for payment from that organisation including any claim numbers and limits (number of sessions or total amount approved).
You will be liable for any fees not paid by the third party, including cancellation fees or if the invoice is rejected by the third party. If the fees take more than 4 weeks to process you will be required to pay the account directly and a receipt will be provided to claim a reimbursement from the agency yourself.
Is there a cancellation fee?
50% of session fee plus GST - Cancellation Fee
(less than 48hr notice/non-attendance)
Appointments can be rescheduled if you have competing commitments, however there will be a 50% plus GST cancellation fee if you do not notify Dr Morgan by telephone, text or email at least 48 hours in advance, so that clients on the waiting list can be offered the session time.
Please consider the scheduling of your appointments carefully. It may not be realistic to expect to return to work or school immediately after a session, depending on the content discussed. Also appointments will not always finish on time so please avoid scheduling other commitments too soon after the appointment time.