All health funds are different and each health fund has a number of different kinds of policies. Some policies may include certain services and not others. Other policies may include those services if they are new policies, but old ones may not include the services. It is a good idea to ask your health fund to see if you are covered for the service you wish to claim for. The responsiblity for ensuring you are covered, lies with you, the claimant.
Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Counselling
Some private health funds will allow you to claim for hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and/or counselling. We advise people to check with their fund.
The following are health funds for which I am a recognised provider:
BUPA – You may claim for counselling only. Provider number is J000099
CBHS Friendly Society (Hypnotherapy) – Provider number CM2015686
Grand United Health (GU) 21137181
HBF (WA). Provider number is B30589
HBG – Provider number B30589
Health Care Insurance (Counselling – note: counselling could include some hypnosis) – Provider number MT16529M
Medibank Private (Hypnotherapy) – Provider number 1442352B
Navy Health – (Counselling, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy) – Provider number PSY37680
NRMA/SCIC/SGIO Health (Hypnotherapy) – Provider number 88098277
Phoenix Health Fund – provider number HY015686
Teachers Federation Health (Hypnotherapy) – Provider number HYP20125
The following are funds for which no provider numbers are issued by the insurance company to practitioners, but who will process claims for hypnotherapy with a relevant receipt (which I provide to the client):
AHM (covers hypnotherapy only for quit smoking under the “Lifestyle packages”)
Reserve Bank Health Society
rtHealth Fund (formerly Railway & Transport Health Fund)
Australian Unity – does not require provider number, but you will need a referral letter from your GP and it is only available on the Ultracare cover.
Medibank Private – members on the ‘package bonus’ may be entitled to claim for hypnotherapy, psychotherapy or counselling under a special section of this package under the title ‘counselling’ – check with Medibank Private.
Medibank Private Provider number (for counselling): 1343861W
Medibank Private Provider number (for hypnotherapy): 1442352B
Work Cover – counselling for soft tissue injuries. You must have a letter from your GP, also you need to have an initial assessment and treatment plan forwarded to your insurance company before you can begin treatment. The insurance company will then approve the counselling if they are happy with the treatment plan. We also treat soft tissue injury itself.
Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA) List
The following health funds are covered through the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA). NOTE: If there is no provider number listed below, it means that the Health Fund will verify the practitioner’s inclusion on the AHA monthly list provided to the health fund.
CBHS Health Fund
Credicare Health Fund
CUA – you must have a doctor’s letter/referral advising that you are having hypnotherapy for stress management, weight loss or quit smoking
Grand United Health
Health Care Insurance Limited – Will only cover hypnotherapy for quit smoking and weight loss
Health.com.au – You can claim for hypnotherapy only for weight management and quit smoking. You can go via a “health maintenance claim form” that can be downloaded from the fund’s website and must be signed by your GP to cover up to $200 and then you can also go via your “Natural Health Therapy cover for up to a further $300. Your Natural Health Cover section covers all other issues apart from the stop smoking and weight management. A claim via your Natural Health Therapist Cover does not require a GP signature.
Navy Health Fund
Queensland Country Health
rtHealth Fund (formerly Railway and Transport Health Fund Ltd)
Reserve Bank Health Society
SGIC Health Insurance (SA and NT)
SGIO Health Insurance (WA)
Teachers Federation Health
You may also claim for hypnotherapy using my Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA) membership number which is: 2015686.
Every month, the AHA sends a list to the health funds, so if there is no specific provider number, then you simply tell your health fund that we are on the AHA list.
I am both a naturopath and a clinical hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and counsellor. All the work we do at the centre is done from a naturopathic perspective, so we may use hypnosis during a naturopathic counselling session to help you achieve your goals as well as considering any diet changes, supplements or herbs that may be right for you.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath In Sydney. You can get help by booking an appointment with her at Australian Health & Education Centre.