Chiros to lose spinal X-ray Medicare rebates

Chiropractors will lose access to Medicare items for spinal X-rays for low back pain as part of the government’s implementation of the MBS Review Taskforce recommendations.

From 1 November, requests for Medicare-rebateable three and four region spinal X-rays will be restricted to medical practitioners, physiotherapists and osteopaths, according to the Federal Department of Health.

The move is one of the key recommendations from the taskforce’s diagnostic imaging committee, after its review found high levels of inappropriate requests for spinal X-rays

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