Cape to Cape Osteopathy and EPC (Enhanced Primary Care)
The EPC or enhanced primary care scheme, is a government scheme through which, under certain circumstances, Osteopathy and other allied health providers such as physiotherapy, podiatrists, dieticians etc treatment attracts a rebate from Medicare. When dealing with government rebates, this is never as straight forward as a normal private consult. Please read carefully and accept our terms and conditions before making an appointment. EPC visits in our practice are NOT free (Medicare only covers a portion, you will have to pay the full consult cost but may be eligible for an on the spot rebate).
Does everyone qualify for the EPC scheme?
No. The scheme is for people with chronic and complex problems. For example, someone with widespread arthritis and diabetes, might be referred for physiotherapy for their joint pain, to the dietician for their diabetes, and to the podiatrist for some foot care.
How many treatments can I have?
Under the EPC scheme, you can have a total of 5 visits to allied health providers in one calendar year. Those 5 may be to one provider or be spread between several providers.
Is Osteopathy free under the scheme?
No. Medicare offers a rebate ($53.80 at the time of writing). We ask that you pay your account to us at the time of consultation, and then either reclaim your rebate at Medicare or use your Medicare Card and an EFTPOS card attached to a savings or cheque account through our HICAPs machine to claim your rebate. We can claim the rebate on the spot if you have a valid Medicare card with you. Our initial EPC consultation fee is $100 and subsequent visits are $90. Please ring our office to enquire about current charges for consultations.
Who decides if I qualify?
This is between you and your GP. Your GP knows the qualification criteria for the EPC scheme. Remember to qualify, your GP needs to consider that you have chronic and complex problems.