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.

If you have a chronic medical condition, your doctor may suggest a GP Management Plan. If you need treatment from two or more health professionals, your doctor may also put a Team Care Arrangements plan in place for you.

A GP Management Plan is a plan of action agreed between you and your GP. It identifies your health care needs, sets out the services to be provided by your GP and lists the actions that you need to take.

A Team Care Arrangements plan lets your doctor work with, and refer you to, at least two other health professionals who will provide treatment or services to you.

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

Chronic medical condition

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

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

Eligibility

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

More information

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