Can I claim for my Exercise Physiology?
There are two main ways in which to claim. Medicare Rebates and Health Fund rebates.
What happens in an Exercise Physiology session?
This depends on your goals, but will generally involve cardio exercise as well as resistance (weight) training. Each exercise program is tailored to the client and is designed to improve their condition and quality of life. As clients improve the exercises will match their progression.
The Exercise Physiologist performs an assessment and sets a strength and conditioning program relative to your functional level. They deal with medical patients through to the weekend warrior and elite athletes.
The comprehensive assessment process takes approximately 1.5 hrs. You will receive your own personal folder containing your Exercise Program. Your Accredited Exercise Physiologist will discuss whether and when you need to return for review of the program. Review appointments are generally 1hr in length.
What should I wear?
Exercises tailored to you and your body will be a part of all AEP sessions. Wear anything that you feel comfortable in while exercising, as well as comfortable shoes (sneakers are ideal).
How much does it cost?
Cost for an Initial Assessment is generally $140 (or $200 for a longer assessment) and follow up appointments are $110. Aspire Fitness and Rehabilitation requires payment at the time of consultation. However we also have HICAPS onsite.
In addition we have available 10 session Exercise Physiology Packs. If you prefer to attend more frequent sessions this pack will be beneficial due to the savings. Many people use the service similar to Personal Training but with the additional benefit of using the Health Fund rebates that are available.
Session costs vary, but keep in mind that a GP referral under a Medicare Chronic Disease Management plan entitles you to a Medicare rebate for up to 5 Exercise Physiology sessions.
You may be able to claim a higher rebate than Medicare from your private health fund. In this case, we recommend using these funds first as you it will reduce the costs to you for your initial appointments. You will still be able to use the Medicare rebate for subsequent visits.
Our reception staff will assist you to claim via HICAPS from your private health fund on site or provide you will the appropriate receipt for either Medicare or your Health Fund stating all relevant information for claiming. This receipt will need to be taken into a Medicare or Health Fund centre for you to claim your rebate where relevant.
In essence the Exercise Physiologist is there to facilitate your rehabilitation, strength and conditioning to allow you to return to full function. Our friendly staff will assist you in gaining the most from Medicare and your Health Fund to facilitate a healthier you.
Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plan
Medicare Australia have developed a ‘chronic disease management plan’ which is set out by your medical practitioner (including general practitioner, but not a specialist or consultant physician). To be eligible for Medicare support you must be referred from a GP to one of our Exercise Physiologists and placed on a Chronic Disease Management Plan. To be eligible for that Plan you must have a chronic disease or injury (an issue longer than 3 – 6 months). Your GP will determine practitioner support for you which may include a maximum of 5 Medicare rebate services per each calendar year for services like Exercise Physiology.
Private Health Insurance
Exercise Physiology services are now recognised by almost all private health funds and substantial rebates are available. We recommend you contact your health fund to ensure you are eligible for Exercise Physiology services dependant on your level of cover. Our Exercise Physiologists are registered with the following Health Funds:
- Australian Unity
- Australian Health Management
- Commonwealth Bank Health Services
- GMF Health
- Grand United (GU) Health
- BUPA Australia
- HCF / Manchester Unity
- Medibank Private
- Teachers Health Fund (THF)
- Reserve Bank