One of the most frequently questions I am asked is:
Is Osteopathic Treatment Covered Under Medicare?
The short answer is, Medicare rebates for Osteopathic treatment require a referral from your General Practitioner.
Medicare Referrals for Osteopathic Treatment are at the discretion of your GP.
These referrals are for people who have had a condition for more than six months. Conditions that have been ongoing for six months or more are considered chronic.
The Medicare Referral is called a Chronic Disease Management Plan.
Your GP will decide what kinds of treatment will help with your chronic condition. This referral allows GPs to refer for many kinds of allied health therapies such as Podiatry, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy etc etc…
The Medicare rebate for Osteopathy is $52.95, then there is a gap payment.
GPs can refer for up to five treatments per calendar year.
Have a chat to your GP about your chronic pain. Your GP can offer numerous ways to manage chronic pain based on your personal circumstances.
Julia Tyrrell is an Osteopath dedicated to finding easy ways for her patients to manage back and neck pain. She has a background in Injury Management from WorkSafe Victoria and a passion for ongoing learning. Click the links to read more about Julia Tyrrell’s Osteopathic Treatments. She consults as an Osteopath at: