Backdown prevents GP nursing crisis

A looming general practice nursing crisis appears to have been averted after Medicare binned a warning to doctors that they could not take nurses' time into account when claiming MBS health assessments.

The warning, issued in a newsletter last week, said Medicare had been offering the "incorrect" advice to doctors over the past four years regarding the use of the time-based MBS items that underpin the Healthy Kids Checks, and assessments for refugees, elderly patients and those at high risk of chronic disease.

Within hours, doctors were warning that they