Medicare Benefits Schedule – new and revised listings

The MBS is updated with 91 new minor items including 74 new pathology items and changes to 84 existing items to reflect new technologies and clinical practices.

Page last updated: 08 May 2007

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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 91 new minor items and makes minor modifications to 84 existing items. This includes 78 new pathology items. 84 items have had their descriptions and fees amended to reflect best clinical practice.

Who will benefit?

  • All Australians will benefit from being able to access new and improved services which take account of changes in clinical practice and advancements in technology.
    Examples include:
    • minor changes to the rules applying to after hours items to make them easier to use and enable more doctors to offer after hours services;
    • new allied health items to provide group intervention services for people with type 2 diabetes;
    • removal of geographical restrictions on providers of telepsychiatry services and removal of the requirement for a face-to-face consultation after every fourth teleconference; and
    • a new item for GPs to prepare care plans for people with intellectual disabilities.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • In total the Government is committing $94.1 million over five years to achieve these changes.

What have we done in the past?

  • The Government will spend approximately $11.6 billion on Medicare benefits in 2006-07.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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