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An appointment between a psychiatrist and someone who knows the patient. The appointment is 20 minutes or longer.

Treatment venue

Out-of-hospital

Medical specialty

Psychiatry

Your care options

Bulk billing patient:

If you are bulk billed for a medical service you will have no out-of-pocket costs. The specialist bills Medicare and accepts the Medicare benefit as full payment for the service.

Private patient:

Specialists can set a fee for the service that is higher than the Medicare benefit. In this case you may have out-of-pocket costs. This is the difference between the service fee and the Medicare benefit.

In 2021-22

For patients who had an MBS item 00352 in a private setting across all of Australia, 10% had an out-of-pocket cost. Of those:

Patients typically paid: $51, Medicare paid: $114, Insurer paid: $0. Typical specialists’ fees: $165.

Percent of patients who paid in 2021-22

90% of patients had no out-of-pocket costs

10% of patients had out-of-pocket costs

Low, typical, and high out-of-pocket costs

Of the 10% of people who had an out-of-pocket cost in 2021-22, the typical cost was calculated as follows:

High$261
Typical$51
Low$0

The table below shows the following by state and territory:

  • Percent of patients who paid no out-of-pocket cost. The specialist’s fees were paid by Medicare.
  • How much specialists typically charged for this service, when there was an out-of-pocket cost for the patient.
  • How much patients typically paid if they had an out-of-pocket cost.

Some regions may not show data due to insufficient services or providers available to ensure a specific person is not identified.

This information is for all services using this MBS item by all specialties in 2021-22.

SAVICNSWWA
% with no out-of-pocket costs98%93%89%87%
Typical specialists’ fees$137$285$200$210
Patients typically paid$23$171$82$96

What the fees and costs shown include

The fees and costs show typical fees for an individual service. They are based on data from 2021-22.

Each service is linked to a number listed on the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS), called an MBS item. Patients may have other MBS items as well, as multiple services may occur in a setting. The Medicare benefit amount(opens in new tab) has been rounded to the nearest dollar.

Talk to your specialist to find out:

  • What specific tests or treatments you will need. This might include diagnostic imaging or pathology services.
  • What other specialists may be involved in your service, and their fees.

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What the fees and costs shown don’t include

  • Aftercare costs.
  • Costs associated with pharmaceuticals and other incidentals.

MBS item number(s) that may be the main treatment for an MBS item 00352.

MBS Item 00352

An appointment between a psychiatrist and someone who knows the patient. The appointment is 20 minutes or longer.