Appointments and pricing policies
APPOINTMENTS AND PRICING POLICIES APPOINTMENTS
Appointments can be requested by contacting John directly. You will need to confirm your appointment by email or text message with your mobile number, land address and email address.
John's mobile is 0439 901 795 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited evening appointments are available in Tecoma.
FEES AND MISSED APPOINTMENTS
As from 1/11/2019 my psychotherapy and training practice will have a new policy and set fees. This policy was commenced after analysis showed that missed appointments cost between $150 to $250 a week and that this occurred at least once a month.
Medicare and Fees
People who use Medicare have their medicare proportion bulk-billed and their out-of-pocket fee calculated as follows:
People who are Commonwealth beneficiaries - New Start = Medicare only, bulk-billed (i.e. no cost at all)
People who are on Aged Pensions without superannuation and paying a mortgage or rent = Medicare only, bulk-billed (i.e. no cost at all)
Low income (less than $45,000 = Medicare plus $10
Income between $45,000 to $80,000 = $20
Income between $80,000 to $120,000 = $35.00
Income higher than $120,000 = $50.00
Private clients are charged minimally at $140 per session. Supervision is charged at $120 per session.
Sessions last 50 minutes
Medicare subsidized appointments.
Private practice with people using Medicare is now my main source of income and I am no longer able to provide leniency for missed or cancelled appointments at short notice without reasonable cause. I am unable to charge Medicare for people who miss appointments.
Therefore, appointments which are missed with less than a 2-day notice will charged for at the Medicare rate of $75.95. For people who are bulked billed with no additional income the charge will be half the Medicare rate (i.e. $38.00).
For people who miss, or cancel, an appointment at short notice without reasonable cause, no further appointments will be offered as a person on the waiting list will immediately be offered that time-slot. They can re-start supportive care or treatment once a once any missed fees have been paid and their place in the waiting list comes up. It is important to remember that when a person is “feeling good” it is the best time to work and develop new habits. This builds resilience.
Private clients who miss an appointment are expected to pay for that missed appointment if notice has been less than a 36-hour period.
Group work and Medicare
People who use Medicare to subsidize group fees (i.e. mindfulness and self-compassion group training) have been a major concern. A minimum of 6 people on Medicare are required in a group before I can charge Medicare. In addition, missed sessions cannot be charged for.
Therefore, people who state they will attend and agree to this, will be required to signed a Medicare form for the sessions attended (even if they only attend one session. Missed sessions will need to be paid for at a cost of $20 plus any additional fee agreed to for attendance.
In general, no forms of abuse directed personally at me will be tolerated. This includes people who wish to use verbal abuse .
However, at times people may use language in being angry about life issues and past events and this is often a normal part of therapy and the healing process.
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