Frequently Asked Questions

Can I claim my sessions with private health funds if I have already claimed them with Medicare?

No. You can not claim this gap with private health care. If you would like to learn more about the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative, please check out the Australian Psychological Society fact sheet.

How do I get a Medicare rebate?

Depending on your treatment plan you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate. You must book a long session with your GP who will write you up a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan. This entitles you to six, fifty-minute sessions with Dr. Barton at a rebate from Medicare.

At the end of these sessions, you will discuss with Dr. Barton or Brianna how you are feeling and whether you need more sessions. Dr. Barton will write a letter to your referring doctor summarizing the treatment undertaken and her recommendations. You will then make a booking with your GP for a review of your Mental Health Care Plan. If you need more sessions, your doctor can prescribe you another four sessions. Bare in mind that Medicare allows for a rebate of up to ten sessions per calendar year. Unused session(s) which was prescribed can be carry forward to the next calendar year if needed.

Contact us for full details.

Can I see you under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan? If so, what is your gap fee?

Yes. Dr Marilyn L. Barton is registered with Medicare. Their rates are set a slightly below the Australian Psychological Society’s Recommended rate.

Fees are based on a 50 min hour with 10 min note taking time and are charged proportionally for contact (in person or skype).

Fees are payable at the time of consultation. EFTPOS (Saving and Cheque accounts) is available.