GPs are still taking a hit whenever they bulk-bill spirometry

Rebates were increased last year but they remain inadequate, the RACGP says

GPs are still taking a financial hit every time they bulk-bill for spirometry despite Medicare rebates doubling, the RACGP says.

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Last November, the Federal Government created a new Medicare item for office-based spirometry for the diagnosis of COPD, with rebates double that of the original.

It was introduced in response to a recommendation from the MBS Review Taskforce, which found that the existing rebate of $17.80 was failing to adequately compensate GPs for the half-hour test.

Medicare data published this week showed the new higher-rebate

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