GP health assessments lower mortality risk in the elderly

Patients who were checked by a GP were 5% less likely to die within two years

Patients aged 75 or older who receive comprehensive MBS-funded GP health assessments have a lower risk of dying over the following two years, a study suggests.

Funding for the 45- or 60-minute assessments for vulnerable patients (MBS items 705 and 707) has been questioned by the MBS Review, which in 2018 called for more evidence of benefit. 

The review’s General Practice and Primary Care Clinical Committee concluded there was substantial evidence that the assessments could help patients with intellectual disability but less evidence for

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