Care Plan Appointments

What is it?

A “Care plan” is a name for an appointment and subsequent plan designed to help you manage a chronic disease or condition. The plan is put together with you, your normal Doctor and a practice nurse. For some patients there may be other contributors to your Care plan, like a dietician or a physiotherapist and these extra health professionals are called your “care team”.

What happens in the appointment, how do you prepare?

The appointment is booked when your regular GP is available and it is usually 40 minutes with a care plan trained nurse.

On the day please:

  • Please bring any paperwork with you that may help to update your records i.e. blood pressure, blood sugar readings, discharge summaries or reports from other health professionals.
  • If you are Diabetic please check that you are up to date with:
    • Arranged blood tests,
    • Eye checks with Optometrist or Ophthalmologist,
    • Foot checks with Podiatrists,
    • If you have reports for any of these, please bring them with you.

Eligibility

Medicare will only fund care plans at certain intervals. Your Doctor and nurse team will identify how often you need to have a care plan reviewed. At a maximum interval this would be every 3 months and at a minimum interval this will be every year. You will be sent regular reminders from the practice. If in the future you stop receiving reminders but believe you are still required to have care plans please call the practice.

How to book:

Please phone your medical practice and ask to book at care plan,; we will check that you are due before we book you in.

Costs:

All care plans are bulk billed to Medicare for Medicare card holders.

For more information please visit this website:

https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mbsprimarycare-chronicdisease-pdf-infosheet