Diagnostic Audiology Services
Chronic Disease Management
Ordinarily there are no Medicare rebates for independent Audiology services. However, there have been some recent changes to the Medicare schedule which improve access for some clients. The Medicare Allied Health Initiative has provided the possibility of rebates for hearing assessments in certain specified situations.
There are currently no circumstances where we can bulk-bill for hearing assessments.
As from November 1, 2012 limited rebates are available for assessments which are requested by a specialist (ENT or Neurologist).
There are rules specifying when a rebate is available. As compliance with these rules is often outside our control, we cannot guarantee the availability of rebates in any circumstance.
More information is available on the Medicare website.
(formerly known as Enhanced Primary Care) Care Plans
Patients who have a chronic condition, and complex care needs, have access to a rebate for Audiology services if the GP arranges a Care Plan. Some GPs arrange care plans for chronic ear infections, significant language delay or other developmental conditions.
Aboriginal patients who have had a health assessment where the GP identifies the need for follow-up by an audiologist are entitled to a similar rebate.
Ask your GP if a care plan is appropriate for your child.
(Effective November 2015 the rebate for these items is $52.95)
Chris Johnson is a Full Member of Audiology Australia who holds a 'Certificate of Clinical Practice' issued by the association and is registered with Medicare Australia as meeting the credentialling requirements for provision of these services.
Private Health Fund Rebates
Your Health Fund may cover some costs, depending on your level of cover and how long you have been insured. If your health fund does not provide rebates for hearing assessment, ask why not.