Enhanced Primary Care Program
The enhanced primary care (EPC) program provides medicare rebates for allied health services, for people who have a chronic medical condition. You may be eligible to claim a rebate through medicare for these services if you have a chronic condition that is being managed by your GP under an Enhanced Primary Care Plan. A chronic medical condition is one that has been or will be present for at least 6 months.
The EPC provides a maximum of 5 total rebates per calendar year for all Allied Health services. This means that if you are accessing more than one Allied Health service, you are entitled to 5 rebates across all of the services combined, not 5 rebates per service.
How do I access the EPC plan?
Your GP will decide if you are eligible for these services and will refer you where appropriate. For further information, please contact your GP.
I have been referred to you on an EPC plan, how does it work?
You will need to provide us with your referral form. Once you have given us the form you will be eligible to claim up to a maximum of 5 rebated sessions per calendar year, provided that your GP has registered your plan through medicare.
Therapy provided by Chatterbox Speech Pathology will need to be paid for as usual, but you will be able to take your receipt to Medicare in order to claim your rebate.
The medicare rebate is currently $48.95 per service as of 01/04/2009.
Where can I access further information?
Further information is available through the Department of Health and Ageing, Enhanced Primary Care Program website.