Chronic Disease Management Plan

People with a chronic medical condition may be able to get Medicare benefits to cover allied health services that help manage their condition.

Chronic medical condition

A chronic medical condition is one that has been, or is likely to be, present for at least 6 months or is terminal.

Eligibility

Anyone with a chronic or terminal medical condition can have a GP Management Plan in place.

Chronic Disease Management Plan

If you have a chronic medical condition, your doctor may suggest a GP Management Plan.

This plan of action agreed between you and your GP:

  • identifies your health care needs
  • sets out the services to be provided by your GP and
  • lists the actions that you need to take

If you need treatment from 2 or more health professionals, your doctor may also put a Team Care Arrangement plan in place for you. This lets your doctor work with, and refer you to, at least 2 other health professionals who will provide treatment or services to you.

Access to Allied Health

You may be eligible for Medicare benefits for specific allied health services if your doctor prepares both types of plans for you.

More information

Contact your doctor to find out more about chronic disease management.

The Department of Health has more information on chronic disease management Medicare items and the Medicare Benefits Schedule.