Covid-19 Update: We are open for in-clinic appointments.

The Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Medicare items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients with chronic medical conditions who may require Osteopathic treatment amongst other allied health services.

A ‘chronic medical condition’ is one that has been or is likely to be present for at least six months, including but not limited to asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke.

Am I eligible for a Medicare Care Plan for Osteopathy?

Talk to your GP/family doctor about your long-term pain that require extended osteopathic treatment. Your doctor will evaluate your eligibility and then use a CDM form to refer you to Growing Bones. You may be eligible for a rebate on up to 5 treatments.

I have a Medicare Care Plan for Osteopath, what next?

Call the clinic on (03) 96873040, mention you have a Medicare Referral and we will and we will make you an appointment with our osteopath. You can also book online here:
Your doctor will give you a referral form. This form must be kept with you and presented to us with your Medicare card when attending your appointment.
Payment for your consultation is required in full at the end of your consult. Fees are as follows:

Initial consultation (60 min) $80 / rebate $52.95 / cost $27.05
Subsequent consultation (30 min) $80 / rebate $52.95 / cost $27.05

We then process your Medicare rebate (current rebate is $52.95). You provide us with your Medicare Card and a Bank Card linked to a cheque or savings account. You will need to enter your pin for the rebate to be transferred into your account.  If you do not have a bank card, we will issue you a receipt for manual claiming.

Checklist, what to bring with you to your appointment:

  • Referral from your GP
  • Your Medicare Card
  • Payment for your consultation
  • A bank card linked to a cheque or savings account

If you have any questions about Medicare Referrals and rebates, please contact us on (03) 9687 3040

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