‘False optimism’ over e-health funding

The Federal Health Minister has been accused of creating “false optimism” by declaring GPs could claim MBS items to fund their role in creating e-health summaries for patients.

Last month, both the RACGP and the AGPN gave an enthusiastic welcome to a speech by Tanya Plibersek where she “confirmed” that level B, C and D items could be used by doctors “creating or adding to a shared health summary, which involves taking a medical history as part of a consultation”.

It emerged later, however, that doctors were being asked to absorb the costs of