GP Team Management Care Plans for Osteopathy in Torquay
Medicare covers osteopathic treatment for chronic conditions for some people. A chronic condition is one that is more than 6 months duration. If you have a referral from your GP for a Team Care Arrangement (TCA) you are able to claim back $56.00 for up to 5 osteopathic consultations per year. To access Medicare funded osteopathy you will need to speak to your GP about whether you are eligible.
We now offer MEDIPASS: An electronic MEDICARE health claims system that allows you to claim automatically on the spot for any GP referred TCA. We just need you to bring both your TCA paperwork and your Medicare card to your appointment, after which we can claim $56 back on your behalf. The full fee for treatment is payable to us at the time of treatment and then the Medicare rebate is refunded directly from Medicare back into the bank account linked to your Medicare account.
For more information about the Treatment Care Arrangement Plan program talk to your osteopath and your GP or visit the Medicare Australia website www.medicare.gov.au, or call Medicare Australia on: 132 011.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are a couple of our most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any further questions.
Osteopathy is a holistic manual therapy that aims to treat the cause of musculo-skeletal conditions rather than simply treating the symptoms. This philosophy is unique in it’s aim to enhance the body’s ability to self-heal by treating the joints, muscles, lymphatic and nervous systems with a variety of ‘hands on’ techniques. Osteopathy seeks to educate the patient and work in conjunction with other health practitioners (eg. GPs, naturopaths, massage therapists, personal trainers) about stretch and strength exercises, posture, diet and aims for long term healing rather than dependence on treatment.
Your practitioner will perform a thorough postural assessment to diagnose the problem and use a variety of techniques depending on each individual. For instance a variety of the following techniques may be used:
Soft tissue manipulation (massage): involves releasing tension in shortened muscles.
Joint manipulation: involves a small amount of movement applied to a joint with minimum force and maximum accuracy. This technique aims to decrease pain and improve the quality of stiff and tender joints.
Muscle contraction and stretching: to improve lengthening shortened muscles.
Joint mobilisation and articulation: involves rhythmic movement
Cranial osteopathy: this gentle therapy aims to balance and strengthen the flow of the cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) being the fluid which surrounds and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. It is safe on children and throughout pregnancy.
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Government and medical studies over recent years have consistently shown osteopathy to be less expensive, use fewer drugs and have higher patient satisfaction than conventional medical care for back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain.
Your osteopath will ask to see any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear depending on the area of your body requiring treatment. Therefore you may like to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts if you would be more comfortable.