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Medicare rebates for specialist supervisors

Changes to rebates for specialists supervising procedures by trainees are set to be approved. Regulations made under the Health Insurance Act last year to change the way that procedures by trainee specialists attract Medicare rebates for the supervising specialists are to be confirmed in legislation now before the Parliament.

15 Oct 2012

Changes to rebates for specialists supervising procedures by trainees are set to be approved.

Regulations made under the Health Insurance Act last year to change the way that procedures by trainee specialists attract Medicare rebates for the supervising specialists are to be confirmed in legislation now before the Parliament.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said when introducing the change that, before July last year, only trainee surgeons with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons could conduct a procedure under the direct supervision of a specialist in a private setting and have that service attract a Medicare rebate for the supervising surgeon.

In July, the regulations were changed to make it possible for trainees of other approved professional colleges to also provide certain procedures under the direct supervision of a specialist - including trainees in orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine and anaesthetics – and have those procedures attract a Medicare rebate for the supervisor.

The change was made as a way to expand the nation’s capacity to train specialists without significant additional cost to the Government.

Ms Plibersek said the change had been successful, and the Government considered that it should now be recognised at the level of primary legislation.

DN


Published: 15 Oct 2012