nib has announced it is extending benefits to cover psychology services for all members with Extras cover as one of a raft of measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The insurer said the initiative is designed to support members manage their mental health during the pandemic at no extra cost.
It has already announced a number of measures in response to the pandemic, including benefits for telehealth services, extended coverage for some treatments related to COVID-19, postponing the approved 1 April premium increase for six months, premium relief for members suffering financial hardship, as well as $1 million in community grants and $0.5 million to fund clinical initiatives.
“With most Australians adapting to a new way of life both personally and professionally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic this can cause significant social and emotional upheaval placing additional pressure on our mental health,” said managing director Mark Fitzgibbon.
“By extending coverage for psychology services, we can ensure that our members are able to prioritise their mental health during this difficult time.”
Under the new arrangements, all members with Extras cover will automatically receive a minimum benefit of $300 for psychology services regardless of their policy type. This benefit was previously available only to nib members on some Extras products. Members are also able to access telehealth psychology consultations.
"We want to make sure our members get the treatment they need, whether that's a visit to the clinic or a telehealth consultation," continued Mr Fitzgibbon.
"The impacts of COVID-19 are going to be very widespread, including the strain of mental health on our community and healthcare system," he said. "Extending coverage for psychology services is another way we can assist our members during this challenging period."
The increase in psychology benefits will be available until 30 June 2020.