Rebate rise may save addiction specialty

Despite the specialty being granted eligibility for MBS rebates in 2010, health department figures show just 13 addiction medicine specialists of the estimated 180 in Australia are registered with Medicare for access to Group A3 items (104, 105).

NSW GP and addiction specialist Dr Simon Holliday said that despite the complexity and necessary time required when treating pain and addiction issues, the rebates — worth $72.75 for an initial consultation and $36.55 for subsequent visits — were significantly lower than those for GPs.