Independent care plans (ICPs) have been a staple of the Australian healthcare system for decades, with many Australians claiming that they are the cheapest option.
The main difference between an ICP and a PIP is that an ICPS will be managed by an independent doctor, whereas a PNHP is managed by a nurse.
With a PNP you can choose to have the care you need, or to have all your care delivered by your local nurse.
The Independent Care Plans website has a list of the best ICP plans for you.
Find out what to expect with an ICNP and PNP plan.
What to expect when you visit an ICPCs care centre?
If you need urgent medical care, you will need to leave the ICPC’s premises within 24 hours and return to your home.
You will need your GP or a registered nurse to follow up with you in case of emergency.
If you have a GP or registered nurse, they will be able to sign off on any urgent treatment.
There will be a doctor in the ICP’s care centre to look after you, with whom you can share information and see your doctor.
If you are admitted to hospital for urgent care, there is usually a nurse or doctor in charge of you, as well as the local GP or nurse.ICPs will often refer you to a local GP if your symptoms don’t improve, or if you are unable to manage your own care.
If you cannot manage your symptoms, or you require hospitalisation, you may need to see a GP.
When you arrive at your ICPC, you can make an appointment with the ICPS care manager.
The ICPS manager will take you to the ICPD’s hospital for treatment.
This is usually to ensure that you have had a clean bill of health and are no longer in danger of catching an infection.
If there are no urgent care appointments, you are referred to a hospital for hospitalisation.ICP care centres can also be used for emergency department visits, in cases of acute conditions.
If your ICPD hospital doesn’t have an ICPD ambulance service, you could also call an ambulance to get to the hospital if you need emergency treatment.