Established in 2015, the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce (the Taskforce) is considering how the more than 5700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients. The Taskforce is also identifying whether there are any services that are unnecessary, outdated or potentially unsafe.
The Taskforce has established over 70 Clinical Committees to provide it with expert advice about each area of clinical practice that the MBS supports. Over the last 3 years over 700 clinicians, consumers and health system experts have participated in these committees providing detailed advice on how to improve the Schedule to the Taskforce.
Consultation with stakeholders is an integral part of the MBS review. The Taskforce continues to welcome feedback from stakeholders to enable the Taskforce to shape its final recommendations to the Government. If you wish to provide feedback on the MBS Review, you may do so by emailing the Taskforce.
After recommendations are made, Government considers recommendations and will often conduct further consultation. To date numerous changes have been made to the MBS on the advice of the Taskforce affecting some hundreds of items.
About the Review - includes the Terms of Reference, Taskforce membership, and links to the reports of the Taskforce including the Government’s responses to a number of recommendations of the MBS Review Taskforce.
Taskforce reports are published as part of the consultation process to provide stakeholders with the opportunity provide feedback. The Taskforce also works with clinical experts on the implementation of recommendations from all reports.
How to get involved and for further information
Your comments, queries and feedback can be sent to the Taskforce.