Referrals and Medicare Rebates
When it comes to eating disorders, the medicare rebate works a little differently to what you would expect. Before you are eligible, you need a health plan from your doctor.
Let’s take a closer look at how eating disorder referrals work and how you can claim a medicare rebate from Happy Body Clinic.
At Happy Body, we treat a wide range of eating disorders and food related issues. Everything from mild self control issues to full-blown anorexia.
For the serious eating disorders, such as binge eating, bulimia and anorexia, we advise discussing treatment with your doctor first.
This allows us to take into account any medical issues and ensure that the treatment offered by Happy Body Clinic is the correct option for you.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
You are free to book a session with Happy Body Clinic without going to your doctor first.
However, medicare rebates are only available with a referral from your doctor.
What are the benefits of a referral?
There are two main benefits to getting a referral from your doctor:
All your health needs are met
Your doctor’s assessment will identify whether there are any underlying medical issues or medications impacting your eating disorder.
By working together with your doctor, we can provide treatment that takes into account all your health care needs.
With a referral from your doctor, you can receive a medicare rebate for your treatment at Happy Body Clinic.
How do I get a referral?
A doctor can refer you to Happy Body Clinic, but that doesn’t immediately grant you access to medicare rebate.
Instead, you should ask your doctor to be placed on one of the following health plans.
- Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP)
- Eating Disorder Management Plan (EDMP)
- Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP)
If your doctor agrees, you will be eligible for up to 40 sessions of medicare rebate – depending on the plan.
You should discuss with your doctor whether or not a health plan is appropriate for you.
How does a doctor refer me to Happy Body Clinic?
An Eating Disorder Management Plan is also a referral.
Once you and your doctor decide that psychological treatment is the right option, you should tell them there is a psychologist at Happy Body Clinic that you would like to see.
If I have a referral addressed to another psychologist, can I use it at Happy Body Clinic?
No. We cannot accept a health plan or referral that is addressed to another practice. You will need to ask your doctor to write another referral that is addressed to Happy Body Clinic.