From 1 November 2015, Medicare benefits for the pre-school healthy kids check (including the nurse item #10986) will no longer be available. See here for the MBS notification.
The Australian Government has cited a lack of evidence around the current system providing a higher quality service and the increased annual cost of delivering pre-school health checks as factors behind its decision to remove the healthy kids check MBS items.
The four year old health check remains a recommended child health assessment, which can still be undertaken in general practice settings using time and complexity based MBS items #23, #36, #44 (and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health assessment item #715). The health checks can also be undertaken by State and Territory funded infant health clinics, where available.
With these changes in mind there is debate around whether the rebates for these consults accurately reflect the work required to undertake a comprehensive childhood health assessment or support the non face-to-face work undertaken outside of the consultation.
- Do you believe there will be a change in your health assessment rates for children in your area as a result of the Government’s decision?
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