Medicare items: Make ‘after hours’ start at 6pm, says AMA

Why does the after hours clock for GPs start ticking at 8pm when they are in the surgery but two hours earlier for home visits?
After-hours visit

The AMA has called out a Medicare “anomaly” that means ‘after-hours’ rebates kick in earlier for home visits than for consultations at a practice.

Under MBS rules, GPs can claim after-hours rebates for home visits (worth $77.30 for a standard consult) from 6pm on weekdays but can only claim after-hours rebates for consults at the surgery (worth $50.55) after 8pm.