FPM concerns about MBS changes

17 February 2022

FPM has written to Australian health officials seeking an urgent response to concerns about imminent MBS changes

The faculty has written to the Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt and to the Medicare Benefits Scheme  (MBS) Policy and Specialist Services division regarding the implications of changes to the MBS schedule for pain specialists and their patients.

FPM is concerned that changes to several item numbers due to come into effect on 1 March 2022 will have severe financial implications for those in the community living with chronic pain.

Faculty dean Associate Professor Mick Vagg said the Commonwealth-appointed Pain Management Clinical Committee made recommendations to the MBS Taskforce for changes to pain management item numbers which were supported by FPM during the consultation phase.

"It is apparent from advice given to our fellows in the last week that the implementation of these recommendations is markedly different from that intended by the committee," he says.

"Our fellows and their clinics will not have the financial capacity to absorb such massive reductions in their rebate revenue, driving more patients to the already dysfunctional and underfunded public hospital system and increase patient waiting times even further."
The Faculty of Pain Medicine is seeking urgent clarification from the MBS Policy and Specialist Services division about the rebate changes before 1 March.


Last updated 17:15 25.02.2022