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5.3 Payment for Medical Treatment Costs

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Last amended 
31 May 2018

When to use DVA Health Cards

Even where a person is on a medical management rehabilitation plan to assist them to manage their accepted conditions, the cost of any treatment for their conditions must be met via the DVA Health Card system, not through the rehabilitation plan. Treatment includes, but is not limited to, massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathic and naturopathic services.  

Where a person has been incorrectly receiving treatment services under their rehabilitation program, DVA delegates are required to work with the rehab provider and the clients GP to transition their treatment to be provided under the DVA Health Card system.

For further information about funding certain health treatment for serving members, refer to section 8.5 of the MRCA Policy Manual.

Alternative therapies

DVA cannot fund alternative therapy services offered by any alternative therapy providers, such as masseurs, naturopaths or homeopaths through the DVA Health Card System or through a DVA rehabilitation program. Please refer to DVA Factsheet HSV131 for further information.

However, if the service is one that can be provided as a short-term activity, in a group setting, such as yoga or tai chi, it may be considered under a psychosocial rehabilitation program if it supports the person to engage with their community. Refer to section 6.6 of the Rehabilitation Policy Library for more information.