MBS rebates for acupuncture restricted to 'qualified' doctors

The changes announced in the federal budget will come into effect in November

Medicare rebates for acupuncture will be restricted to doctors who have done a one-year training course, health officials say.   

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The move, confirmed in last month’s federal budget, had been recommended by the MBS Review Taskforce’s general practice committee, which said it will “promote high-quality acupuncture”.  

MBS item 173 — which has a schedule fee of $21.65 and allows any doctor to claim a rebate for any acupuncture service — will be scrapped from November.  

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