Govt introduces new MBS item for COVID-19 antiviral phone consults

It will fund phone consults lasting longer than 20 minutes

GPs will once again have access to an MBS item for telephone consultations lasting longer than 20 minutes — but only for assessing patient eligibility for COVID-19 antiviral treatment, the Minister for Health has announced.  

Minister for Health Mark Butler
Minister for Health Mark Butler.

Mark Butler says the new MBS telephone item