Govt confirms end of rebates for longer telephone consults

But the Minister for Health has put off plans for a '30/20' compliance regime

The new Minister for Health has rejected last-minute appeals to save the MBS item for GPs to do longer telephone consults, instead deferring a new compliance regime that aims to deter abuse of the remaining phone items.

Minister for Health Mark Butler
Minister for Health Mark Butler.

All the main GP groups had called for the $75.75 item for telephone consults lasting 20 minutes