Medicare Benefits Schedule – New and revised listings

Under some changes to the Medicare Benefits Scheme, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will be eligible for a free annual health check.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • Items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) are being continually updated as new technologies emerge and clinical practice changes. This measure introduces 72 new minor items and makes minor modifications to 56 existing items.

Who will benefit?

  • Examples include:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will be eligible to receive an annual health assessment and refugees and other humanitarian entrants will be eligible to receive a health assessment on being granted residency in Australia under the Humanitarian Programme.
    • Older Australians will benefit from the inclusion of a new item for case conferencing for geriatric and rehabilitation medicine and certain children will benefit from a new item for comprehensive eye examinations.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government is committing $176.5 million over five years.

What has been done in the past?

  • The Government will spend in excess of $10 billion on Medicare benefits in 2005-06.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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