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Medicare Benefits Schedule - reduced optometry rebates and removal of charging cap

From 1 January 2015, the Medicare benefit will be reduced by 10 per cent for all optometry services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule, and allow optometrists providing Medicare eligible services to determine their own fees.

This measure started on 1 January 2015.

Description of the measure

From 1 January 2015, the Medicare benefit will be reduced by 5 per cent for all optometry services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule, and allow optometrists providing Medicare eligible services to determine their own fees.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect optometrists and patients receiving Medicare eligible optometry services.

Am I eligible for this measure?

This measure will not change the way people access optometry services under the Medicare Benefits Schedule. However, the benefit patients receive will be reduced by 5 per cent and optometrists will not be restricted to charging the Medicare Benefits Schedule fee.

Optometrists will be free to determine the cost of their service. This includes the option to continue to bulk-bill patients.

When will this measure start and finish?

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

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