Govt promises to fund GP 'heart health' checks

The idea has bipartisan support despite being rejected by an MBS review committee

GPs will be able to access a specific Medicare item to assess their patients’ risk of heart disease, despite an MBS Review Taskforce committee rejecting the idea in December.

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The Federal Government has promised to provide funding for comprehensive cardiovascular disease screenings in general practice, in response to a campaign by the National Heart Foundation.

It means that from April, Medicare will provide a rebate of $72.80 — equal to the fee for a level C standard consult — for a half-hour integrated heart health check, including blood pressure, cholesterol, kidney