Healthy Kids Checks a budget casualty

Healthy Kids Checks MBS items have been abolished in the federal budget, with the government saying they offer no benefit over standard GP checks that cost half the price.

In a measure that will save $144 million over the next four years, Health Minister Sussan Ley says the checks for three-year-olds will be discontinued from November because they are an expensive, non-evidence-based gimmick introduced by Labor in 2008.

"This service was always a straight duplication of existing high-quality state infant checks and GP services, but at a premium price for