MBS Review Statement from the Chair

MBS Review recommendations accepted by Government

Page last updated: 17 December 2018

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The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce (the Taskforce) welcomes the announcement by the Australian Government that further recommendations have been accepted and will be implemented from 1 November 2019.

To date, over 500 clinicians, consumers and health system experts have been involved in some 60 committees, methodically reviewing each of the 5,700 items on the schedule and developing a pipeline of reports and recommendations that is driving meaningful improvements to the health system.

These latest changes will implement important recommendations from the Eating Disorders Working Group. I would like to highlight the new items to treat and manage patients with anorexia nervosa and other patients with eating disorders with complex care needs, effective from 1 November 2019. The items will provide a comprehensive stepped care model for patients, increasing the number of services with psychologists and dietitians than currently available through the MBS.

I note changes to anaesthesia items, effective from 1 November 2019, relating to claiming according to how long the patient is anaesthetised, more complex anaesthesia requirements for toddlers and senior Australians, providing anaesthesia to specific parts of the body, and for tests while the patient is under anaesthesia.

The Taskforce found that some anaesthesia services were overly complex, did not reflect current clinical practice and clarified the use of some items.

This announcement demonstrates the MBS Review is delivering on its task to improve and modernise the MBS for patients and doctors and other health providers.

I also welcome the release of a number of clinical committee and working group reports on the Department of Health website.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the clinicians, consumers and health system experts that contributed to these recommendations. I would also like to thank the Australian Government for their continued support and trust in the Taskforce and look forward to the ongoing review process.

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