Under Medicare, the Chronic Disease Management services enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions. There is no list of eligible conditions however this program is designed for patients who have at least one medical condition that has been (or is likely to be) present for at least six months or is terminal and who require a structured approach including those requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team. One outcome of this program can be the preparation of a GP Management Plan once a year.
If you require ongoing care from at least three collaborating health or care providers, one of which is a doctor, you may need to have Team Care Arrangements put in place. Medicare funding is also provided for this activity.
If you have type 2 diabetes and your GP has prepared a GP Management Plan for you, you may be referred for group allied health services to help you live well with diabetes. Under these arrangements, you may be eligible for one assessment service and eight (8) group services each calendar year. People who will benefit most from group services are likely to be those who demonstrate a readiness to change, are able to contribute to group processes effectively and have a potential for self-management.
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, contact Diabetes Queensland on their helpline on 1300 136 588 or visit www.diabetesqld.org.au.
If you have had a stroke, contact the Stroke Foundation StrokeLine on 1800 STROKE (1800 787 653) or visit www.strokefoundation.org.au.
If you have heart disease, contact the Heart Foundation Health Information Service on 1300 36 27 87 or visit www.heartfoundation.org.au.
If you have health insurance, your fund may offer support for chronic disease. For example: