Push for new Medicare item to fund translators in general practice

There is currently no incentive for doctors to use interpreter services during consults, Dr Mariam Tokhi says

A GP is calling for Medicare items to fund the use of translators in consults with patients from non-English-speaking backgrounds. 

Dr Mariam Tokhi
Dr Mariam Tokhi.

Dr Mariam Tokhi says that, although doctors can use the national Translating and Interpreting Service for free, many won’t call it because they are not compensated via the MBS for the extra time it takes.

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