Published Articles

Medicare rebates for imaging to lift for first time in 20 years

Health minister Greg Hunt pledges $200 million to reduce out-of-pocket costs for scans.
18 March 2019

MBS task force reveals plans to curb Vitamin D testing

Draft proposal will limit Medicare-funded tests to those at risk of bone disease.
23 January 2019

MBS Review: Push for GPs to jump through rebates hoop for imaging

The task force wants doctors to use decision-support software to curb over-testing.
16 January 2019

Plan to give GPs greater ultrasound referral leeway

The MBS Review Taskforce is recommending replacing 31 indications for ultrasound with a general statement.
13 December 2018

RACGP raises alarm on 'risky' MBS plan to cut inappropriate pathology testing

Taskforce recommendation for GP 'decision support tool' and inflexible diabetes descriptors is concerning, says Harry Nespolon.
12 December 2018

Dump the apps: automated instruments 'no good for melanoma'

Doctors who perform examinations to detect the skin cancer should instead be trained in dermoscopy, according to new guidelines.
10 December 2018

HIV self-testing kits get TGA approval

These kits are crucial for improving testing rates and eliminating HIV transmission, say experts.
29 November 2018

Watch out for this rare fungal superbug

GPs and other doctors have been put on alert for a rare fungal superbug, a global emerging public health threat that has been seen only twice in Australia
08 August 2018

Allow GPs to refer for Medicare-funded CT colonography, say radiologists

Radiologists are calling for a revamp to allow GPs to refer patients for CT colonography under Medicare in order to cut colonoscopy waiting lists
10 July 2018

Dense breasts: Call to follow WA system of notifying women

Australia’s breast cancer screening programs should move to the WA model where women are told if they have dense breasts on mammography, a leading patient advocate says
29 June 2018