If you have a condition that affects your health in any way, you may be eligible for a GP Management Plan (care plan)
Care plans are designed to allow patients with chronic medical illnesses to undertake a prolonged, coordinated review with their GP and Practice Nurse and to get subsidised access to Allied Health Services through Medicare.
A chronic medical illness is a defined medical condition lasting 3 months or more (or likely to last that long)
Examples of common chronic medical conditions in Australia are:
Allied Health Practitioners include physiotherapists, osteopaths, dietitians, psychologists and more. Each Care plan allows 5 subsidised allied health visits. A care plan can be renewed every 12 months.
We think that undertaking a care plan has a number of benefits. Here are the main ones:
“John has diabetes and arthritis and undertakes a care plan to address all of his health issues.
John’s nurse identifies a number of priorities for John during their chat about his health.
While John’s medical care has previously focussed on his diabetes, the care plan offers him to opportunity to outline his own concerns which relate mostly to the pain he gets in his knees when he walks.
John’s medical team design a tailored care plan which involves semi-regular visits with a diabetes educator to ensure his diabetes is looked after, but also organise a physiotherapist and exercise physiologist to educate John how to strengthen his legs and control his weight through exercise and diet, thus improving the pain in his legs which was his priority.
The care plan and the subsequent review sessions also allows John’s GP the opportunity to organise some preventive screening tests for John to help reduce his risk of having a heart attack, stroke or cancer diagnosis and to optimise his overall health and well-being.”
If you think you might be eligible for a care plan, or would like to know more, speak with our friendly staff today or book online to chat with your GP.