Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce — Consultations

Urgent after-hours primary care services funded by the MBS

There are a range of Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items available for urgent and non-urgent services provided after-hours including those that take place in consultation rooms, at a patient’s home and services provided to patients in residential aged care facilities. The MBS pays for two kinds of after-hours care; standard care and clinically urgent care, which is a higher payment.

The Taskforce is recommending changes that will ensure appropriate use of ‘urgent’ after-hours primary care services by appropriate providers that will achieve good patient outcomes.

In reviewing the ‘urgent’ after-hours items, the Taskforce considered the perspectives of consumers in a wide range of life circumstances and recognised there is a need for people to access appropriate home visits in the after-hours period.

After hours areas of concern
What recommendations don't impact
The MBS Review Taskforce's recommendations

About the MBS Review

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce is considering how more than 5,700 items on the MBS can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients.

The Review is led by a Taskforce, which includes doctors working across public and private health sectors with expertise in general practice, surgery, pathology, radiology, public health and medical administration. Consumer representatives and academics with expertise in health technology assessment are also represented on the Taskforce.

To find out more about how the Taskforce is reviewing the MBS, view the fact sheet.