The first Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) review in 30 years is underway. It considers how some 5700 MBS items can be ‘aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice to improve health outcomes’. The review will conclude in 2017. The Federal Health Minister will then receive the review taskforce’s final recommendations.
Clinical committees are being formed to make recommendations on the MBS. These recommendations are being released gradually, with specific timeframes for the public to comment.
Many of these recommendations don’t represent the views of physiotherapists and their patients.
We need good representation from physiotherapists on the clinical committees. It is critical the taskforce hears the many voices of our profession who use the MBS system. To achieve this, the APA has nominated several of our members to participate in the relevant clinical committees.
We are pleased to see that consumer representatives are included on most committees.