'Insulting': MBS changes see GPs frozen out of skin cancer care

A cryotherapy crackdown is among 40 changes to the schedule

Skin cancer GPs say they are “concerned and insulted” by government moves to ban them from using liquid nitrogen to treat malignant lesions.

Liquid Nitrogen

From November, GPs will be restricted from performing cryotherapy. They will instead be required to refer skin cancer patients to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for removal of malignant neoplasms or mucous membranes.

The change is one of 40 announced by the Federal Government on Sunday in response to recommendations from the MBS Review Taskforce.

It means:

  • Only AMC-certified