Medicare, Private Health, TAC & WorkSafe Registered
Voice Science provides speech pathology for adults in Melbourne CBD. Some services enable medicare and private health rebates. Worksafe and TAC provider.
Medicare Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Rebates
Referral from your GP under a CDM Plan
Voice Science speech pathologists are registered Medicare service providers.
People with a chronic medical condition may be eligible for medicare rebates to cover up to five speech pathology sessions per annum. These rebates are available where where your general practitioner has identified that the condition is a chronic medical condition requiring a GP Management plan. A referral from your GP and accompanying CDM plan is required to be eligible for any medicare rebates.
Please note that Medicare does not provide rebates for accent reduction. To be eligible for rebates, you must present with a chronic condition that has existed for at least 6 months as well as complex care requirements entailing that you require care from at least two other health providers in addition to your GP. Where a client is referred on a CDM plan, a gap fee will be payable for sessions. Medicare rebates speech pathology presently at $53.95 per session (effective as of July 2019). Consult with your General Practitioner to determine your eligibility for a CDM plan. See more information about Medicare CDM plans here.
Can I receive Medicare cover my sessions with a speech pathologist at Voice Science?
Voice Science is registered as a Medicare provider but you will only be eligible for Medicare rebates if you are referred to us via your General Practitioner under a Chronic Disease Management Plan. Medicare rebates are only eligible if you have been diagnosed with a speech, communication or swallowing disorder that has persisted, or is likely to persist, for at least 6 months.
Medicare rebates are not available for accent reduction training services, elocution services or services where no communication, voice or swallowing diagnosis is present.
*Voice Science does not provide bulk billing under any circumstances.
Private Health Insurance
Check with your health fund first!
Can I receive private health care rebates for my sessions with a speech pathologist at Voice Science?
Speech Pathology is covered by Private Health funds for diagnosable medical disorders and communication disorders such as stuttering, voice disorders and neurological impairments. Technically, an accent is not a communication disorder. Most Private Health funds stipulate that they do not cover accent reduction, elocution or English pronunciation training.
Voice Science is a registered provider for private health fund rebates. Please clarify with your health care fund as to whether you are eligible for speech pathology extras.
For health fund services the following billing codes will apply:
Speech Pathology Assessment Session: 310
Speech Pathology Treatment Session : 340
For speech pathology services to be rebatable with private health insurers or medicare, they must be billed according to medical/ chronic speech pathology conditions under legal codes 310, 340. These codes are given under clinical authority and as medical professionals we must apply codes only in light of a clinical diagnosis. As such most HF do not allow for elocution or accent as these are seen a nominal, non medical services and we are not able to apply these codes without a diagnosis of a communication condition like stuttering, a lisp, swallowing disorders, language disorder or a voice disorder. Pronunciation services related to first language influence and elocution services are not covered by Medicare or Private health legally under any speech pathologist’s billing. This is because an accent or the need to improve workplace communication is not a medical condition.
The Traffic Accident Commission
Speech pathology rehabilitation after your accident
Voice Science may be able to provide speech pathology services to people with an approved TAC claim. Referrals to Voice Science must be made through your general practitioner. Please make sure that your TAC claim is approved by your TAC case manager prior to your initial appointment.
While Voice Science provides treatment for TAC clients, a gap fee will be required to cover the full cost of services received. If you have approval for a TAC claim, please bring the following information to your initial assessment:
- TAC claim number
- Contact details for your TAC Case Manager
- Date of transport accident
- Referral letter from your GP
- Claim approval confirmation letter from TAC
If you have not received approval for your TAC claim prior to your initial appointment, payment of the full fee will be required on the day of assessment. See more information about TAC claims here.
Supporting your recovery in WorkSafe Injury
We are a registered provider of speech pathology services for WorkSafe Injured Workers.
Voice Science may be able to provide speech pathology services to people with an approved WorkSafe Victoria Victorian Workers’ Compensation claim. Referrals to Voice Science must be made through your general practitioner and managed by your WorkSafe agent. Please make sure that your TAC claim is approved by your WorkSafe agent prior to your initial appointment.
While Voice Science provides treatment for WorkSafe clients, a gap fee will be required to cover the full cost of services received. If you have approval for speech therapy services as an injured worker, please bring the following information to your initial assessment:
- Claim number
- Contact details for your WorkSafe Agent
- Date of incident
- Referral letter from your GP
- Compensation approval confirmation letter
If you have not received approval for your WorkSafe claim prior to your initial appointment, payment of the full fee will be required on the day of assessment. See more information about the provision of speech therapy services to WorkSafe injured workers here.
Medical Professionals & Case Managers
Refer to our team
If you are a referrer looking to refer your patient or client, click here to register your referral for speech pathology treatment services at Voice Science, or contact our reception team.
Employer support for your sessions at Voice Science
Is it possible for my company or employer to cover payment of my English Pronunciation or Elocution Sessions at Voice Science?
Many employers assist in the payment of accent reduction training, communication training or elocution sessions at Voice Science in order to develop their staff to better meet Key Performance Indicators, particularly in the areas of communication. Voice Science partners with companies to strengthen communication skills for their employees career success. We are able to provide information to your employer or recruiter about what types of accent and communication training we can implement to assist you in your career. If you have any questions about this contact us for further information.