Outcomes: Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce meeting 24 November 2015

On 24 November 2015, the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce held its fifth meeting. Following is an outcomes summary from the meeting.

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Update from Clinical Committees and Working Groups

Members noted the update from Clinical Committees and the establishment of the Diagnostic Imaging Working Groups. Members agreed to the next tranche of Clinical Committees which will be established in early 2016. These are:
  • Cardiac services
  • Dermatology and allergy
  • Endocrinology
  • Intensive care and emergency medicine
  • Oncology
  • Renal

MBS Review Taskforce interim report

The Taskforce discussed the draft interim report to Government, which will provide an update to the Minister of Health on the work of the Taskforce and Clinical Committees.

Update on communications and stakeholder engagement including survey results

The MBS Review Taskforce Consultation survey closed on 9 November 2015. There were 1,542 responses to the survey and over 200 submissions provided. Over 50% of responses were provided by consumers.

The overwhelming majority of health professionals agreed that a review of the MBS is required. Most consumers indicated support for the MBS, although many reported areas where they thought there could be improvement. An area of common agreement between health professionals and consumers was in the area of referrals.

Members noted that a consumer engagement workshop on health technology assessment will be held on 3 December 2015, with consumers and expert stakeholders to attend. 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.