Medicare Benefits Schedule – pause indexation - Budget 2016-17

From 1 July 2018, indexation of all Medicare Benefits Schedule fees will be suspended for a further 24 months.

Information update: this Budget measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

From 1 July 2018, indexation of all Medicare Benefits Schedule fees will be suspended for a further 24 months.

These changes will not affect pathology and diagnostic imaging service fees, as they are not indexed annually.

Questions and Answers

Who is eligible for this measure

This measure will not change the way people qualify for treatment, as all patients entitled to Medicare will remain eligible.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 July 2018 and will end on 30 June 2020.

Page last updated: 27 August 2017