For those who suffer from chronic diseases or conditions there is a Medicare care program that allows access to podiatry privately . Medicare has a CHRONIC DISEASES MANAGEMENT PLAN ( previously the Enhanced Primary Care plan) which can be used for up to 5 Allied Health consultations, including podiatry per calendar year / 12 months.
Podicare patients can claim a rebate through Medicare when they have been referred by their GP under the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Program.
The EPC / CDM was initiated by Medicare to provide patients with chronic medical conditions access to allied health services. A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example
- cardiovascular disease
- musculoskeletal conditions
- neurological conditions
- autoimmune conditions