Medicare Benefits Schedule - new and amended listings

This measure will restrict the payment of Medicare benefits for services provided by general practitioners, sports physicians and other specialists (including radiologists), for ‘autologous blood’ injection services.

This measure started on 1 January 2015.

Description of the measure

Changes will be made to a combination of blood administration, ultrasound and consultation items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

This measure will be implemented on 1 January 2015.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect general practitioners, sports physicians and other specialists (including radiologists), as they are the main providers of autologous blood injection services.

Patients who receive autologous blood injection services will no longer have access to the Medicare benefit and will have to fund this treatment privately.

Am I eligible for this measure?

Medicare benefits will no longer be paid for autologous blood injection services.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will begin on 1 January 2015 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 16 March 2016

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