Don't wait six months to fix ECG bungle, doctors tell govt

They have written a letter to Greg Hunt saying patients can't wait until next year for a health department response

Medical groups are calling for an urgent review of the bungled revamp of ECG Medicare items, saying it is putting patients at risk.

Dr Omar Khorshid
Dr Omar Khorshid.

Last month, 18 cardiac test items were replaced, effectively cutting the rebates for patients attending their GP for an ECG from $27.45 to $16.15.

GPs also faced new Medicare rules that they needed to refer to non-GP specialists