AAPi Media- One Tier Advocacy

Posted on 9 May 2022

AAPi's calls to abolish the two-tier rebate system has featured prominently in an article in The Bendigo Advertiser, highlighting the difference in client rebates for clinical and registered psychologists and the impact of this on regional areas.

In the article, Executive Director Tegan Carrison outlines the issues caused by the two-tier rebate system, and Geelong member Laura Lee points out that there is no difference in patient outcomes. Ms Lee has had to close her books to new clients and says cost is a disincentive for many people. 

Ms Lee says: "If the Medicare rebate was increased, we would see more psychologists able to bulk bill and greater access to private psychology services for Australians, which in regional areas in particular is so dire - the services are stretched so far." 

Ms Carrison said the introduction of incentives for regional and rural psychologists and the elimination of HECS debts would also help ease the mental health crisis.       

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