MBS committee chair wants level C rebates for GP spirometry

Medicare rebates for the tests were lifted last year but are still too low, says Professor Christine Jenkins
Geir O'Rourke
Professor Christine Jenkins
Professor Christine Jenkins.

A leading respiratory physician on the MBS Review Taskforce says rebates for spirometry need to increase to the same as a level C to boost low testing rates.

Last November, the Federal Government created a new Medicare item, with a rebate of $35.50 for practice-based spirometry to confirm the diagnosis of asthma or COPD.