Obesity inquiry supports GP calls for chronic disease item

MBS rules need rewriting to clarify that obesity is a disease, select committee says

A parliamentary inquiry says MBS rules need to be rewritten to allow GPs to claim chronic disease care plans for patients with obesity but no comorbidities.

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The lack of guidelines from Medicare on whether it deems obesity a disease has been a longstanding source of angst for GPs.

Last year, an Australian Doctor survey revealed that half of GPs were not claiming the chronic disease items for managing their patients’

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