Clinical Physiotherapy Referral
A doctor’s referral is only required for Workcover, Veteran Affairs, other Third Party insurers and Chronic Disease Management Program patients (formerly “Enhanced Primary Care”) - prior to the commencement of treatment.
HICAPS is available for immediate and convenient health insurance rebate claims, by private fee-paying patients; and the clinics accept cheques, credit cards (except American Express or Diners) and EFTPOS. Please check with your health fund regarding your rebate entitlement.
The Chronic Disease Management Program
This program (formerly “Enhanced Primary Care”) is a Medicare rebate scheme that allows patients nominated by a general practitioner to receive up to five allied health services in one year.
A patient may be able to access Medicare funding to reduce the cost of physiotherapy in treating chronic disease. This could cover a significant portion of the cost of your physiotherapy consultation; there remains an out-of-pocket payment to finalise the consultation charge.
Your referral is valid for one year from the referral date. The referral will outline the services required in the form of a GP management plan/ team care arrangement plan.
Full payment is required at the time of treatment. The Medicare rebate can be claimed at the time using the HICAPS machine. The Medicare card and your debit (not credit) card are required at the time to enable this.