Cull MBS, not GP rebates: pollies

Redundant MBS items and PBS listings should be the target of health spending cuts, rather than MBS rebates for GP visits, Parliament has heard.

Greens Senator Dr Richard Di Natale told the Senate last week that instead of lowering MBS rebates for GP consults by $5, the Federal Government "should be looking at the current Medicare list and reviewing how we fund a number of procedures that add very little value".

At the top of the senator's cull list were arthroscopies, vitamin D testing and complex

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