GPs don’t need to be present when nurses vaccinate – the MBS must change

Karen Booth

I have a very simple message for the federal Department of Health and Aged Care: primary healthcare nurses are more than capable of vaccinating patients against COVID-19, flu and other infectious diseases without needing a GP to ‘supervise’ them.

The current Medicare item billing rules that require a doctor to be present when nurses administer vaccines are arcane — and even have the potential to put patients at risk.