Ear, throat surgeries to be taken off Medicare Benefits Schedule

Health Minister Sussan Ley has said 23 items would be removed from the Medicare Benefits Schedule. Source: AAP

Twenty-three items will be taken off the Medicare Benefits Schedule, including ear and throat surgery.

Ear, nose and throat surgeries and diagnostic imaging are among the first to face the axe in an overhaul of Medicare services.

Health Minister Sussan Ley has slated 23 items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for removal in a major shake up, which she says cost $6.8 million in the past year when used 52,500 times.

Gastroenterology, obstetrics and thoracic medicine services have also been thrust onto the chopping block.

Ms Ley said a task force reviewing the 5700 MBS items would seek further advice before scrapping the first 23 items.

Source AAP

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