Patients do not need a referral to see an Osteopath. However, if you treatment is be claimed via Veteran Affairs, Work-cover, Medicare or for motor vehicle accidents, please see the below explanations.
Veteran Affairs patients
Our osteopaths are registered with the Department of Veteran Affairs, and are able to treat DVA patients who have a referral from their GP. Veteran Affairs payments are billed directly to the DVA.
We are also able to treat Work cover patients, again a referral from your GP is required and confirmation from work cover to recognise the claim. Patients are required to pay for their treatments and submit their claim to Work cover themselves. Please note that in most cases there is a gap amount between our fees and work cover, which is met by the patient.
Doctors are able to refer to Osteopaths under the Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPCP). This is for patients with chronic complaints that meet the conditions of the EPCP. Patients may receive up to 5 treatments for which they are eligible for a Medicare rebate. A referral from the GP on the EPCP is required. For further information about eligibility for an EPCP please contact Medicare or your own GP.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
We are able to see patients involved in motor vehicle accidents, who are claiming through third party insurance. Again prior approval for treatment is usually required.