Changes to Medicare rebates could mean you have to pay more for some surgeries. With over 900 changes being made, doctors are calling for clarity. Just weeks before the biggest changes to Medicare in decades, GP’s, the private health sector and consumers, are grappling to understand the huge number of changes recently announced. Connect readers have already contacted us, concerned about the implications of the changes.
At the centre of the issue is uncertainty about whether some patients will have to pay out-of-pocket costs, as more than 900 items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) will be amended, with changes applying to general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, and cardiac services. The MBS is the list of health services that the federal government subsidises through Medicare rebates.
As part of this overhaul, hundreds of procedures and services on that list will be changed.
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