PCPA secures a reversal of MBS Telehealth cuts to phone consults

Date: 16th January 2021

Dear Members,

We are very pleased to inform you that after a very short but intense campaign of media and advocacy over Christmas, the PCPA was able to secure a reversal of the sudden cuts to Telehealth phone consults (item number 91835).

The item will be re-instated on Tuesday January 18 and backdated to January 01, 2022. There was a further addition of MBS rebates for specialist phone consults with in-patients. We will share the full list of MBS changes when it is available.

We will continue to advocate for the re-instatement of the 50% MBS loading for video consultations with regional and rural patients (MBS item 112).

We will prepare a short letter that you should provide to your patients, impacted by this removal, so they too can become active advocates with their own local MP.

Please click here to view media release that went out on the 16th January and the joint release by Ministers Hunt and Gillespie.

View pdf of the full list of MBS items re-instated- as provided to us by Minister Hunt.