GPs using interpreters given Medicare green light to claim longer consults

It follows a long campaign by the RACGP and doctors caring for refugees
Sarah Simpkins
Dr Lester Mascarenhas
Dr Lester Mascarenhas.

Health officials are finally allowing GPs who need patient interpreters to claim longer MBS consults, but those who specialise in refugee health say the rebates available are still inadequate compensation for the complexity of the work.  

Dr Lester Mascarenhas says he has repeatedly asked Medicare about using the longer consult items to cover the additional time of sourcing an interpreter and then running the consult but has been knocked back.