Group Allied Health Services under Medicare for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes - Patient Information

Patient information

Page last updated: 14 March 2014

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Summary:

Maximum of one assessment service and eight group services per patient each calendar year, with out-of-pocket costs counting towards the extended Medicare safety net.
  • Patients must have a GP Management Plan prepared by their GP.
  • Your GP will decide whether you would benefit from these services and, if so, will refer you.
  • Allied health providers must be registered with Medicare Australia.
  • If a provider accepts the Medicare benefit as full payment for the service, there will be no out-of-pocket cost. If not, you will have to pay the difference between the fee charged and the Medicare rebate

Who is eligible?

Patients with a GP Management Plan

If you have type 2 diabetes and your GP has prepared a GP Management Plan, you may be referred for group allied health services to help you manage your diabetes.

Patients who will most benefit from group services are likely to be those who demonstrate a readiness to change, are able to contribute to group processes effectively and have a potential for self management.

Patients in residential aged care facilities

If you are a resident of a residential aged care facility, you may be eligible for Medicare rebates for group allied health services if your GP has contributed to a multidisciplinary care plan prepared by the residential aged care facility.

Generally, though, residents of a residential aged care facility rely on the facility for assistance to manage their type 2 diabetes. Therefore, residents may not need to be referred for allied health group services under these items as the self management approach may not be appropriate.

Group services for patients with type 2 diabetes

Assessment service

Your GP can refer you to either a diabetes educator, dietitian or exercise physiologist for an assessment. This involves taking a comprehensive history, identifying individual goals and preparing you for an appropriate group services program.

You can claim a Medicare rebate for one assessment each calendar year.

Group services

Group service sessions are also run by diabetes educators, dietitians and/or exercise physiologists. Sessions could cover:
  • blood glucose monitoring
  • food labels and recipe modification
  • exercise strategies
  • associated health care concerns
  • strategies for change
Following an assessment and referral to group services, you can claim Medicare rebates for up to eight group sessions each calendar year.

More Information


The explanatory notes and item descriptors for these items are in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

For inquiries about eligibility, claiming, fees and rebates, call the Department of Human Services (Medicare): patient inquiries 132 011; provider inquiries 132 150

Private health insurance

If you have private health insurance, you will need to decide if you wish to use Medicare or your private health insurance to pay for these services. You cannot use private health insurance ancillary cover to ‘top up’ your Medicare rebate.

Claiming

Allied health professionals, like doctors, are free to set the level of their fees. If your allied health provider bulk bills, there will be no charge for these services. If not, you will be charged a fee and you can claim the rebate from Medicare.

Out-of-pocket expenses for these services count towards the extended Medicare safety net.

If you are unsure, or lose track of how many allied health services you have claimed in a calendar year, you can check with Medicare Australia on 132 011.

More information

More information is available at the MBS Primary Care Items page.
Any questions? Ask your doctor or practice nurse
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