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Journal Club 7 October 2015


How changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule could improve the practice of cardiology and save taxpayer money



Summary (modified from paper summary)

Rising health care costs above inflation are placing serious strains on the sustainability of the Australian Medicare system in its current structure.

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), which lists rebates payable to patients for private medical services provided on a fee-for-service basis, is the cornerstone of the Australian health care system.
Introduced in the 1980s, the MBS has changed little despite major advances in the evidence base for the practice of cardiology.

Changes to the MBS listings for four cardiac services are outlined: — invasive coronary angiography, computed tomography coronary angiography, stress testing and
percutaneous coronary intervention.

The assertions is that the proposed changes would improve the clinical practice of cardiology and save substantial amounts of taxpayer money.

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