Co-claiming won't get you in trouble, insists health department

The letters made 'absolutely no suggestion' that treating mental and physical health conditions in the same visit is inappropriate

GPs should rest easy because there is no ban on co-claiming for attendance along with the MBS mental health treatment items, says the Federal Department of Health.

Mental health

An angry storm has raged over the targeting of 341 GPs for high rates of co-claims for items 2700-2717, with many GPs saying they now fear being audited and sanctioned for treating patients' mental health issues with any physical issues they face.