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HomeminewsFreeze Lifted on Diagnostic Imaging Medicare Rates

Freeze Lifted on Diagnostic Imaging Medicare Rates

The freeze on most Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) rebates for diagnostic imaging is to end with small increases made to the MBS rebate for ultrasounds and x-rays, CT scans, fluoroscopy, mammography, and interventional radiology scans from July 2020.

This means that Medicare rebates for about 90 per cent of all diagnostic imaging services will now be indexed.

Australian Medical Association (AMA) President, Dr Tony Bartone, welcomed the announcement by the Government and said the AMA has been urging appropriate indexing of rebates for radiology, ultrasound, and other scans for many years.

investment in high quality diagnostic imaging services also makes good economic sense

“Diagnostic imaging rebates have been frozen since 1998,” said Dr Bartone. “This has placed enormous pressure on doctors and patients.

“There will now be small increases from July 2020 to the MBS rebate for ultrasounds and x-rays, CT scans, fluoroscopy, mammography, and interventional radiology scans.

“This is an important first step in addressing rising out-of-pocket costs for patients.”

Dr Bartone said investment in high quality diagnostic imaging services also makes good economic sense.

“It ultimately saves taxpayers from much higher downstream costs in the acute care sector,” Dr Bartone said. “Diagnostic imaging plays a critical role in a world-class, 21st-century health system. Without it, many modern medical treatments would not be possible.”

Diagnostic imaging is used:

  • for diagnosis and screening,
  • to formulate treatment plans and monitor responses to treatments,
  • to perform minimally invasive procedures, and
  • as part of interventional procedures.

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