The MRAC provides independent and expert advice to the Australian Government as part of the MBS Continuous Review. These reviews ensure the MBS continues to support high-quality care that remains flexible and contemporary.
When completing reviews of relevant issues or existing MBS items, the MRAC will produce and endorse a Final Report. Final Reports can make a range of recommendations to government, including:
- changing existing MBS items
- creating new items
- removing current items
- no substantive changes
- a combination of these.
After completing a review, the MRAC will endorse a Final Report and provide it the Minister for Health and Aged Care.
When considering advice or recommendations in a Final Report, the government will also consider:
- broader healthcare reform initiatives
- competing government priorities
- the federal budget.
When the government seeks to make changes to MBS items, it will announce its decision and outline the proposed changes. The timeline for making changes includes:
- budget processes
- engaging with impacted sectors
- other influential considerations.