As part of the Australian Government’s Healthier Medicare initiative, the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce is currently undertaking a review of the entire MBS to ensure it reflects current best clinical practice and promotes the provision of health services that improve health outcomes. The MBS has more than 5,700 services listed, most of which have never been subject to evidence-based assessment. The Review is clinician led and is looking at opportunities for reform of the MBS over the short, medium and longer terms. As well as looking at specific MBS items, the Taskforce will also review the legislation and rules which underpin the MBS.
On September 27 2015, the consultation process to involve all stakeholders with an interest in Medicare – from clinicians to health consumers was announced. The format will be an online survey or written submission which is open until 9 November 2015.
To have your say on the MBS review please follow the link below.