Eating disorders get MBS item priority

Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt is pushing for changes to Medicare items for eating disorders in response to concerns about high suicide rates.

Hunt has asked the Medicare Review Taskforce to look at ways to increase support for patients after warnings from the Butterfly Foundation, a lobby group, that suicide is up to 31 times more likely for people with an eating disorder.

In a letter to the taskforce, the minister requested that it look into MBS items for treatment of people with eating disorders.

“It has been drawn to my attention that the existing MBS model is

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