Medicare provides benefits for specified items for allied health services as part of the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program. Under the EPC each client may have up to 5 sessions of physiotherapy services each calendar year.
During the 5 sessions your physiotherapist will help you to improve your current function, reduce pain and improve your quality of life. However, your condition may be chronic and you may require more than 5 treatments per year. If this sounds like your situation you can choose to continue to self fund your treatments on a regular basis to minimize your pain and improve your overall well being.
The EPC plan is provided to patients who have a chronic and complex condition. Your condition will be managed by your medical practitioner (including a general practitioner, but not a specialist or consultant physician). The service is recommended in your EPC plan as part of the management of your chronic and complex condition.
The treatment will last between approximately 20 minutes. If you have any x-rays or scans it would be helpful to your physiotherapist to bring them along with you on your first visit.