Outcomes: Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce meeting 21 October 2015

On 21 October 2015, the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce held its fourth meeting. Following is an outcomes summary from the meeting.

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MBS Review Consultation

Members noted that the consultation paper and survey were released on Sunday 27 September 2015 and will close on Monday 9 November 2015. The Taskforce acknowledged that as of 12 October 2015, 245 people have completed the survey, with the majority of respondents identifying themselves as a health professional/practitioner (51.6%), consumer (37.7%) or carer (1.6%). There appears to be an almost unanimous agreement that a MBS review is both logical and necessary, with many health practitioners commenting that the schedule has needed updating and modernising for a number of years.

Update on Stakeholder Forums

The Taskforce agreed to further stakeholder consultation forums to occur in Melbourne (27 October 2015) and Sydney (3 November 2015). Further forums will occur in 2016.

A letter of invitation to the Forums will be provided to Colleges and peak bodies and Stakeholders who have engaged with the review will be invited via email and the MBS Reviews Taskforce newsletter to attend the forums.

McKinsey & Company, who facilitated the previous stakeholder forums, will facilitate the upcoming stakeholder forums.

Consumer Health Forum of Australia (CHF) Workshops

The CHF are holding two workshops in Sydney to inform the Taskforce on consumer perspectives of the Review. A Consumer Consultation Workshop (26 October 2015) will focus on the Consultation Paper questions, options on how to engage consumers in the Review and will allow for interaction between consumers and members of the Taskforce. The Minister of Health will be attending this workshop.

The Consumer Engagement Workshop on Health Technology Assessment (3 December 2015) will be run with informed consumers and expert stakeholders in attendance. This workshop will discuss options on how best to engage consumers in the review and will be informed by a rapid review of the literature on consumer participation in health technology.

Clinical Committees

The Taskforce acknowledged the large number of nominations received for membership to Clinical Committees. The Taskforce agreed to establish most Clinical Committees in 2016, and will look at finalising the timing and membership of these committees soon.