2016 Review of the Radiation Oncology Health Program Grants (ROHPG) Scheme

A formal review of the ROHPG Scheme will be undertaken in 2016, which will help to ensure that Commonwealth funding of radiation therapy equipment in Australia is contemporary, fair and equitable.

Page last updated: 12 April 2016

Radiation Oncology Fact Sheet
Radiation Oncology Fact Sheet (PDF 302 KB)
This fact sheet provides a brief background on Commonwealth funding of radiation oncology services in Australia.

On 22 April 2015, the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, announced a programme of work to deliver a Healthier Medicare and announced that a Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce would be established to consider how existing MBS items can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice. The MBS Review Taskforce released two consultation papers on 27 September 2015.

Commonwealth funding for radiation oncology is provided through the MBS for medical services and the ROHPG Scheme. The ROHPG Scheme, which was introduced in 1988, provides a contribution towards capital costs incurred by radiation oncology providers for major radiation oncology equipment and has not been formally reviewed since 1999.

The Australian National Audit Office is also conducting a performance audit of the ROHPG Scheme.

Given the linkages between radiation oncology MBS items and the ROHPG Scheme, the Department is initiating a review of the ROHPG Scheme and is seeking stakeholder input. Some of the areas of interest the Department wishes to invite feedback on (although this list is not exhaustive) include:

  • The benefits and limitations of the scheme
  • Its purpose
  • Potential alternative funding models
  • Determining eligible equipment
  • Workforce considerations
  • Linking funding to quality measures (rather than throughput)
  • Billing practice complexity, and
  • Existing supply/potential saturation of services.
Written submissions sought as part of the ROHPG Scheme review has closed. If you wish to participate in the review process please email the Department.

Publicly available written submissions received to date are now available.

More information about Australian Government funding of radiation oncology services is available in the Radiation Oncology Fact Sheet (Word 20 KB).