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Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce final report

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Publication date: 
14 December 2020
Last updated: 
12 April 2021
Publication type: 
Intended audience: 
Health sector

The taskforce recommends implementing all MBS review recommendations made to date, and makes further key recommendations centred on:

  • embedding a consumer-centric focus in the MBS and in any future changes
  • improving monitoring, so data and research can be used to support practitioners in delivering care and underpin future changes to the MBS
  • rebalancing healthcare financing from near-exclusive reliance on ‘fee-for-service’ to complementing with ‘block’ and ‘blended’ payments in order to support more clinically appropriate modes of patient care
  • reviewing continuously to assure the patient and community that safe, high-quality and high-value care is provided by the MBS.