Why a nurse practitioner revolution isn’t happening — even with Medicare independence

The CEO of the nurse practitioners’ college says the main impact will be more rebates for work they already do.
Sarah Simpkins
Leanne Boase. Photo: Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (Victoria)

Ditching the rule that nurse practitioners must have formal doctor support to bill Medicare is unlikely to trigger a mass migration of nurses attempting to offer general practice care, the CEO of the nurse practitioners’ college says.

The Federal Government introduced draft laws on Wednesday to give nurse practitioners access to MBS and PBS funding without a ‘collaborative arrangement’ with a medical practitioner.