A valid referral from your general practitioner must be presented on your initial consultation.
What is a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP)?
Since July 2004, patients with complex and chronic medical conditions, managed by their GP, have been eligible for subsidised visits to private Allied Health practitioners. These subsidised visits are a Government incentive via a Medicare based scheme called a Chronic Disease Management Plan, formerly known as an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Program. These can include visits to a range of Allied Health providers including podiatry.
What is the criteria to be enrolled in a CDMP?
To be involved in a CDMP your GP must help you manage a complex or chronic medical condition, such as:
CDMP are only available through your GP, with the appropriate paper work needing to be completed before your first podiatry visit.
What services will a CDMP provide?
A CDMP allows a total of 5 subsidised visits per calendar year, to approved Allied Health practitioners. The referral is valid for 12 months, after this time the referral will expire and you will need to see your GP for a new care plan.
However, If you exceed this number of visits you will be wholly responsible for your account and may need to use your private health insurance if available.
Medicare visits will be processed on the day of consultation, however it will take up to 24 hours to receive the rebate into your nominated account.
This is why it is important for you to keep track of the amount of visits you have used and to not exceed your limit.