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 GP Medicare Plan

What is it GP Plan?

Lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and excessive weight as well as joint and spinal pain become more problematic at certain times. They are often referred to as flare ups. Flare ups need to be adequately management like reactive gp plan before progressing onto a program that can help reduce the frequency of them. At Healthfix, we have an integrated team sitting under one roof who can give you a great start at managing flare ups so that you are getting back to doing the things you love, feeling the way you want to feel, is as short a space as time possible. If you have a condition that has been persistent for some time it can be worthwhile to have your reactive GP planner involved in the management. They may be able to provide guidance on the best course of action for you, take out the guesswork, and you may be eligible to claim on Medicare for up to 5 sessions as part of a Team Care Arrangement. This is a great way to get you talking to your reactive GP planner about proactively managing your health risks to prevent any future hiccups.

Benefits of  GP Plan 

The best ways we’ve seen a reactive Team Care Arrangement used:
  • For joint and spine pain: 3 Physiotherapy consults and 2 Exercise Physiology or Personal Training consults to settle your symptoms and get you back to moving
  • For cardiometabolic diseases: 2 Dietetic consults and 3 Exercise Physiology consults to get your diet and exercise regime on track to settle your symptoms.
  • For cardiometabolic diseases with an injury past that concerns you: 2 consults with the Physiotherapist and 3 with the Exercise Physiologist to clear you for safe exercise and to get you started with exercising.
(World Health Organisation 2011 & Commonwealth of Australia 2013) What you do and how you do it is important. Because we are an integrated practice with the services you require under one roof we can help you with both.

How does Medicare support these plans?

The Medicare GP Management Plan (GPMP) or Team Care Arrangement (TCA) is a medicare initiative to support individuals with chronic health conditions to access Allied Healthcare services without the price tag barrier. If you match the criteria of having a chronic health condition, a GPMP or TCA can give you access to 5 medicare rebated sessions per year with one of our Dietitians, Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists which significantly reduces the cost of your sessions!

Are you eligible?

You are likely eligible for one of these Medicare GP management plans if you have had a condition that has affected you for over 6 months or your condition is likely to impact your lifestyle for over 6 months in the future. Some of the conditions that we commonly see include:
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity & weight-related conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Musculoskeletal conditions or chronic injuries
  • Stroke
  • Disordered eating
  • and more!
The best thing to do is to speak to your GP about whether you are eligible for this program. Your GP can help manage your chronic condition and recommend the best way to access treatment. When you are referred to Healthfix, we work closely with your GP and regularly update them on how your condition is progressing. We have maintained great relationships with local GP’s over the past 10 years, and look forward to working with your GP to keep you as healthy as can be!

How do I get started?

Book an appointment with your GP to develop a plan. Afterward, schedule your initial consultation with one of our therapists and get excited about taking control of your chronic health condition! If you have any questions about the Medicare GP Management Plan or TCA plans, please contact our friendly team, and we will be more than happy to provide you with further information

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