Psychologists are pushing for patients to be able to see them and claim a Medicare rebate without a GP mental health plan or referral, at least for initial sessions, arguing the current system is hampering access to mental health support.
They want a Health Department review of the Better Access scheme to change how patients access rebates of between $84 and $124 a visit and scrap the need for GP mental health plans to be renewed as frequently, if at all.
Original content from The Sydney Morning Herald. Note: Content has been edited for style and length.
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