Independent reviews of the Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN)

About evaluation of the Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) by review.

Page last updated: 21 October 2015

  • The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) was introduced with a legislative requirement to evaluate the arrangements. Two independent reviews of the Extended Medicare Safety Net were conducted by the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) in 2009 and 2011.
  • The 2009 review of the EMSN, concluded that the EMSN had led to increases in fees charged by some service providers and that the increased fees disadvantaged people that did not qualify for the EMSN benefit most because if they chose to pursue a particular service it may be at an inflated price.
  • The 2011 review of the EMSN found that in many cases, Extended Medicare Safety Net caps had resulted in stabilisation of fees charged for the affected medical services. It was noted there were still opportunities for service providers to shift costs to uncapped items.
For the full reports see: