Healthier Medicare – removing obsolete services from the Medicare Benefits Schedule
From 1 July 2016, 24 Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items will no longer be available under certain MBS categories.
Description of the measure
From 1 July 2016, 24 Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items will no longer be available under the following MBS categories:
- diagnostic imaging
- ear, nose and throat surgery
- obstetrics, and
- thoracic medicine
These items will be removed from the MBS for a number of reasons, including safety concerns with procedures, the services not aligning with contemporary clinical practice, or encouraging low value care.
Also, from 1 July 2016, 2 diagnostic imaging services will be amended so that Medicare benefits are only available to patients under 16 years of age.
Questions and answers
Who is impacted by this measure
Patients and health professionals who access the above MBS services.
The date this measure will start and finish
This measure will start on 1 July 2016 and is ongoing.