Under the Australian Medicare system you may be entitled to a rebate for this Diabetes Educator service. A CDE such as Catherine has a provider number allowing a person with a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) referral from their GP to obtain a rebate for her services.
Medicare reimburses $52.95 of the diabetes educator’s fee for up to a maximum of 5 consults per calendar year.To obtain a CDM referral you will need to book a double consultation with your GP and ask for a CDM referral.
The five medicare rebate visits can be divided between the diabetes educator and other allied health providers such as dietitian, podiatrist or physiotherapist.
Private Health Insurance with extras cover
If you have extras cover with your private health insurance this may provide a rebate for diabetes education services.
Ring your insurance company in advance to check what they cover (MBP covers diabetes education under alternative therapies).
Private Health extras cover is also useful for podiatry, dietitics, exercise physiologist, physiotherapy and many more allied health services useful to a person with diabetes. Any comments from you about this is most welcome as Diabetes Health Melbourne would like to provide as much accurate information as possible about which health providers provide rebates.