Review pushes for midwives to order MBS-funded diagnostic tests

The latest MBS task force wish list has alarmed the AMA president
Jocelyn Wright
Tony Bartone
AMA president Dr Tony Bartone.

Private midwives should be able to order 12 seperate tests funded by the MBS for women during antenatal care, including non-invasive prenatal testing, growth scans and HbA1c, says a Medicare Review Taskforce committee.

The draft plan is designed to improve efficiency, with the task force’s expert midwife group arguing it is a waste of time and money for women to be sent back to their GP for diagnostic and screening tests to be ordered.