Call for new Medicare item to cover postpartum consults

The move would improve the care of women with high BP during pregnancy who have a raised risk of CVD, say Australian experts

A new Medicare item for GPs could be key to finally addressing the “major” public health issue of higher CVD risk among women who have hypertension during pregnancy, say Australian experts.

Women who experience gestational hypertension or pre-eclampsia are currently falling through the gaps when it comes to CVD prevention, according to obstetric, cardiology and renal experts.

Such women are left with a 2-3 times higher risk of developing chronic hypertension in the next 15 years, and double