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    why does going to the psychologist cost money

    going to the dentist, doctor and optometrist are all for free (because of medicare) but why do you need to pay for going to a psychologist?

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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    therapists are useless
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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    I don't believe going to the dentist or optometrist is covered by medicare? (but covered by private health insurance iirc) - correct me if I am wrong (maybe some services are covered).

    In any case, if you need to see a psychologist - you could consider asking your GP for a mental health care plan which entitles you to *I think* free 5 visits to the psychologist.
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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    I went to one before there was like 5 free sessions, but if you want like a more experienced one you have to pay but you do get some money back through Medicare
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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    Quote Originally Posted by iStudent View Post
    I don't believe going to the dentist or optometrist is covered by medicare? (but covered by private health insurance iirc) - correct me if I am wrong (maybe some services are covered).

    In any case, if you need to see a psychologist - you could consider asking your GP for a mental health care plan which entitles you to *I think* free 5 visits to the psychologist.
    optom is covered

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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    Quote Originally Posted by jazz519 View Post
    I went to one before there was like 5 free sessions, but if you want like a more experienced one you have to pay but you do get some money back through Medicare
    Oh so if you've never been to a psychologist/psychiatrist and then tell them you've never been to a psychologist/psychiatrist before and they'll let you have a free session?

    If you have private health insurance would going to the psychologist be for free?

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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxxnuts View Post
    Oh so if you've never been to a psychologist/psychiatrist and then tell them you've never been to a psychologist/psychiatrist before and they'll let you have a free session?

    If you have private health insurance would going to the psychologist be for free?
    Why don't you consider calling one of them to ask about this further?
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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxxnuts View Post
    Oh so if you've never been to a psychologist/psychiatrist and then tell them you've never been to a psychologist/psychiatrist before and they'll let you have a free session?

    If you have private health insurance would going to the psychologist be for free?
    There was some form through my gp that I had to like fill out, there is a waiting list most likely. It still costs something but you don't have to pay the full thing
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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    Pretty sure dentist is paid but medicare gives you $1000 free per year or something, and optometrist is free (or covered by something).
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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    because mental illness doesnt exist

    just b urself

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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaxxnuts View Post
    going to the dentist, doctor and optometrist are all for free (because of medicare) but why do you need to pay for going to a psychologist?
    Instead of flossing your teeth, psychologists floss your brain. Flossing the brain takes work and most people are not going to do it for free.

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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    Quote Originally Posted by He-Mann View Post
    Instead of flossing your teeth, psychologists floss your brain. Flossing the brain takes work and most people are not going to do it for free.
    It's a skill that needs to be training for, plus there's a huge demand for licensed psychologists.

    Also to @OP, society places a negative stigma towards individuals that seek help for mental health, which isn't helping. But I'm quite sure the government has some sort of program to subsidise the cost.
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    Re: why does going to the psychologist cost money

    Quote Originally Posted by sinophile View Post
    because mental illness doesnt exist

    just b urself
    you should read this

    https://www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/mental-illness

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