New Medicare items needed to fight heart disease disparity says GP

Dr Ralph Audehm says resourcing primary care is vital to address the gaps in care across the nation revealed in new 'heart maps'
Dr Ralph Audehm.

New Medicare items to improve secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease are needed for primary care, with the latest data showing a gulf between rural and urban heart health, a GP says.

Melbourne GP Dr Ralph Audehm, who has a special interest in cardiovascular medicine, says such items would complement the Heart Health Check MBS items rolled out in April last year.