Medicare, Health Funds & Referrals
On the spot health fund and Medicare Rebates
Do I need a referral?
No. It is not necessary to have a Doctor’s referral to consult an Osteopath. However, there are increasing numbers of General Practitioners referring patients to Osteopaths and it is often necessary to consult with the patient’s Doctor. Osteopaths will also refer patients to appropriate Diagnostic Examinations and/or other specialists, when necessary.
Osteopathy is now available on Medicare, your condition does need to satisfy certain criteria and you do need a GP referral. Visit your GP to enquire more about the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) offered by Medicare. Rozelle Osteopaths offers on the spot rebates for treatment.
Is Osteopathic treatment available under Medicare?
Yes. With the government initiative under Medicare Plus, patients with chronic conditions may be referred by their GP for osteopathic treatment. All other major health funds cover part of the cost of Osteopathic treatment under their ancillary or ‘extras’ cover. Treatment is also covered by Workers Compensation insurance and no referral to consult an osteopath is needed (except in Queensland)
The clinic how has Hicaps, this means that when you present your health fund card you need only to pay the gap fee and the fund reimburses the clinic the remainder.