Endocrinologists highlight Medicare rebate gap

A group of endocrinologists have highlighted gaps in the Medicare rebate system that could be deterring doctors from referring high-risk paediatric patients for bone density scans.

Dr Peter Simm and his team set out to document referral patterns and usage of the bone density service at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. But during their study it became apparent that a number of important indications are not covered by Medicare rebates.

Among these are patients with immobility, who have the lowest bone density of all