Pausing indexation of some Medicare Benefits Schedule fees and the Medicare Levy Surcharge and Private Health Insurance Rebate thresholds

From 1 July 2014, indexation of all Medicare Benefits Schedule fees will be suspended, excluding General Practitioner attendance items and associated bulk billing incentives, for a further 24 months.

This measure started on 1 July 2014.

Description of the measure

From 1 July 2014, indexation of all Medicare Benefits Schedule fees will be suspended, excluding General Practitioner attendance items and associated bulk billing incentives, for a further 24 months.

Indexation of the fees in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Schedule of Benefits will also be suspended from 1 July 2014 for 24 months.

These changes will not affect the fees for pathology and diagnostic imaging services which are not indexed annually.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect specialists, allied health professionals, nurse practitioners, midwives and dental surgeons who provide Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) eligible consultations and procedures.

Patients that are not bulk billed may also experience higher out-of-pocket costs for these services if their provider decides to increase their fees.

Am I eligible for this measure?

All patients entitled to Medicare or treatment under the DVA Schedule of Benefits will remain eligible. This measure will not change the way people qualify for treatment, but rather the amount of out-of-pocket costs they may experience for these services, if they are not bulk billed.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start on 1 July 2014 and finish on 30 June 2016.

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