'Shane Warne effect' linked to 70% increase in Medicare GP heart checks

Claims for item 699 experienced a record month after the spinner's cardiac death

The cardiac death of cricket legend Shane Warne has coincided with a record-breaking month for MBS Heart Health Checks.  

Shane Warne
Shane Warne.

Item 699 was introduced three years ago after a national campaign by the heart foundation, which said the requirement that GPs conduct an absolute cardiovascular risk assessment could save 76,000 lives over five years.

It has been