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  • Writer's pictureJeremy Pucheta

Understanding Medicare Rebates for Exercise Physiology Services

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Hey There, Move 2 Thrive Community!

We get it; healthcare can sometimes feel like a maze. One question we often hear is, "How does Medicare work with exercise physiology?" So, we thought we'd break it down for you. Grab a cuppa, and let's dive in!

What's the Deal with GP Management Plans and TCA?

First off, let's talk about GP Management Plans and Team Care Arrangements (TCA), formerly known as Chronic Disease Management (CDM) or Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plans. These are fantastic initiatives by the Australian government that allow folks with chronic conditions to get Medicare rebates for allied health services, including exercise physiology. Yep, that's right—your path to better health could be more affordable than you think!


So, What's a Chronic Condition Anyway?

A chronic condition is something that's been around for at least six months or is likely to be. We're talking about issues like diabetes, heart disease, and even musculoskeletal conditions. The good news? There's no "official" list of conditions, so it's worth chatting with your GP to see if you qualify.


Getting the Ball Rolling

To get started, you'll need to see your GP for a health assessment. They'll decide if a GP Management Plan and TCA would be beneficial for you. It's like having a roadmap for your health journey, designed by a team of experts!


Why GP Management Plans and TCA Rock!

These plans are like your health's dream team. Your GP will coordinate with us and any other allied health professionals you're seeing. This means everyone's on the same page when it comes to your health, making your treatment more effective and streamlined.


How Do Referrals Work?

Once your GP gives the green light, they'll provide a referral form. This is your golden ticket to Medicare rebates for up to five services each year. And guess what? These can be a mix of different allied health services, not just exercise physiology.



Let's Talk Money and Payments, Stress-Free!

Most clinics will charge a small gap fee, but here's the silver lining: you'll receive a Medicare rebate of $58 (as of October 2023) that gets debited back into your account within the next 24 hours. So, you're not left waiting and wondering.

At Move 2 Thrive Clinic, we're all about making your health journey as smooth as possible, and that includes your wallet. We use software so that you can pay the whole consultation fee up front and then as explained above will then get the $58 rebate back to your bank account usually overnight. It's all part of our commitment to keeping your health and finances in great shape!


Wrapping It Up

So there you have it! With a GP Management Plan and TCA, you can get Medicare rebates for exercise physiology services. All you need is a referral from your GP and the right kind of chronic condition. And remember, you can get a rebate for up to 5 visits per calendar year.


Got Questions? We're Here for You!

If you're still curious or have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. We're always here to help you navigate your health journey.


Cheers to Your Health!

Your Move 2 Thrive Team


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