Calls to scrap spinal steroid rebate

Another negative trial result for spinal steroid injections has prompted renewed calls for Medicare rebates to be removed for the tens of thousands of procedures done for low back pain in Australia each year.

Epidural glucocorticoid injections yielded only minimal benefit over lidocaine injections alone for patients with painful spinal stenosis, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

That finding — a 1.8-point difference on a 24-point disability