Mark Butler says no to fixing GP mental health rebate disparity

Is this a case of blatant disease discrimination by the Federal Government?
Mark Butler
Minister for Health Mark Butler.

That a 20-minute mental health consultation attracts a lower rebate than any other 20-minute GP consultation ($75.80 vs $76.95) is an oddity even by Medicare’s standards.

That is especially so when officials have warned GPs that daring to bill an item 36 for treating mental illness might construe inappropriate billing.