The Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce is considering how the more than 5,700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients. The review is clinician-led and there are no targets for savings attached to it.
- April 2015 - MBS Review announced
- July 2015
- Taskforce established
- Stakeholder forums held in Canberra (8 July), Adelaide (24 July) and Perth (25 July)
- September-November 2015
- December 2015 - February 2016 - Obsolete items tranche #1 public consultation and submission process
- January 2016
- Interim report submitted to the Minister for Health
- February - August 2016
- May 2016
- 2016-17 Federal Budget announcement of implementation of first round of recommendations of the MBS Review Taskforce, including the removal of twenty four items from the MBS: Healthier Medicare – removing obsolete services from the Medicare Benefits Schedule
- September 2016
The Taskforce has endorsed a number of reports to be released for public consultation between June and August 2017.
Download the 2017 public consultation plan to see full timeline.
The MBS Review consultation timeline has been adjusted to reflect ongoing Taskforce work on a number of clinical committees including engagement with clinical stakeholders prior to public consultation.
PDF Version: MBS Review 2017 public consultation plan (PDF 290 KB)
Word version: MBS Review 2017 public consultation plan (Word 116 KB)
- May 2017 – 2017-18 Federal Budget announcement that MBS Review Taskforce extended for further three years: Guaranteeing Medicare - Medicare Benefits Schedule Review - continuation.
- June 2017 – Six reports released for public consultation
- Renal medicine
- Dermatology, allergy & immunology
- Spinal surgery
- Diagnostic imaging – knee
- Diagnostic imaging – pulmonary embolism & deep vein thrombosis (PE/DVT)
- Preliminary report on urgent after-hours primary care services funded by the MBS
- August 2017 – Government responses to recommendations
- August 2017 Four reports released for public consultation
- Cardiac services
- Intensive care and emergency medicine
- Pathology - endocine tests
- December 2017 – Taskforce to provide 2017 report to the Minister
Scope of the review
- All current MBS items and the services they describe
- Increasing the value derived from services
- Concerns about safety, clinically unnecessary service provision and concurrence with guidelines
- Evidence for services, appropriateness, best practice options, levels and frequency of support
- Legislation and rules that underpin the MBS
Out of scope
- Division of responsibilities between governments – Federation White Paper
- Innovative funding models for people with chronic and complex conditions – Primary Health Care Advisory Group
New MBS services or itemsThe Terms of Reference for the MBS Review Taskforce do not preclude it from recommending new services or items to be added to the MBS.
Where the taskforce identifies a new service it considers should be added to the MBS, it will facilitate the collection of evidence to allow the government to make a decision on whether to fund the service. Where relevant, this may include an expedited review by the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).
MSAC is an independent expert committee that provides advice to the Minister for Health on the strength of the evidence relating to the comparative safety, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of any new or existing medical service or technology, and the circumstances under which public funding should be supported through listing on the MBS.