Medicare benefits for diabetic retinopathy tests
There are two new services listed in the MBS for diabetic retinopathy tests given by a primary care practitioner.
Did you know Medicare benefits are now available for diabetic retinopathy testing performed by a GP or other primary care practitioner managing a patient’s diabetes?
These services, performed at the primary care practice, include:
- taking the image with a non-mydriatic retinal camera, and
- interpreting the image for diagnosis
Patients with medically diagnosed diabetes are eligible to receive Medicare benefits for the test every two years.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with medically diagnosed diabetes are eligible to receive Medicare benefits for the test every 12 months.
Medicare benefits for these new services are not available if performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
For more information about these changes go to MBSonline.gov.au
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