Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?
No, not for general appointments. Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners and can be seen without needing a referral. Your GP can refer you under the Enhanced Primary Care (now called Chronic Disease Management) system, which allows for up to 5 sessions to be claimed through Medicare if you have a chronic musculoskeletal complaint. For more information about the Chronic Disease Management system click here.
Can I claim Osteopathy on my health fund?
Generally yes. If you have private health insurance with extras, then most funds will cover Osteopathy. This will of course depend on the level of your cover, so check which extras you have under your cover. We have HICAPS at the clinic which enables most people to process their health fund claims on the spot.
Is Osteopathy covered under Medicare?
Only through the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan – which is now referred to as the Chronic Disease Management Plan. You will need to get a referral from your GP, which will allow five sessions to be claimed under Medicare. Note: Full payment of services is required at the time of treatment but you can now claim your Medicare rebate at the time of your session through the Medicare Easyclaim system.
If you require X-rays of the spine or pelvis then these can be rebated under Medicare if referred for by an Osteopath.
How many sessions or treatments will I need?
There is no specific answer to this question as it of course depends on the complaint and a number of other factors such as duration of the problem, predisposing and maintaining issues; these would be discussed upon your initial consultation. Generally you should expect a change for the better within 1 or 2 treatments, but some patients may require 4 to 6 sessions to obtain a good long term response. The aim of Osteopathy is to enable your body to better manage itself, our Osteopaths will provide some self management techniques to improve treatment outcomes and general well being.
Often people will get maintenance treatments to keep their body on an optimal functional path. We can guide you as to when you should pop back in but you’ll soon learn yourself, from what your body is telling you, when to get a treatment. Remember it is much easier to unwind strain patterns before they become painful.