People with a chronic medical condition may be able to get Medicare benefits to cover allied health services that help manage their condition. A chronic medical condition is one that has been, or is likely to be, present for at least 6 months.
Anyone with a chronic or terminal medical condition can have a GP Management Plan in place. If you have a chronic medical condition, your doctor may suggest a GP Management Plan. This plan of action is agreed between you and your GP and:
- Identifies your health care needs & goals;
- Sets out the services to be provided by you GP; and
- Lists the actions that you need to take to achieve your health goals
If you need ongoing treatment from two or more health professionals, your doctor may also put a Team Care Arrangement plan in place for you. This lets your doctor work with, and refer you to, at least 2 other health professionals who will provide treatment or services to help you manage your chronic medical conditions.
You may be eligible for Medicare benefits for specific allied health services if your doctor prepares both types of plans for you. The current medical benefit is $52.95 and can be claimed for up to five visits per calendar year (January - December) in total.
The Hunter Foot Clinic is happy to bulk bill patients who have a Enhanced Primary Care Plan.