Access to cardiac ablation procedures for AF expanded

Government requires private health funds to cover procedure

Patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) have been promised faster access to cardiac ablation surgery, after the Federal Government moved to require private health funds to cover the procedure for the first time.

Cardiac catheter ablation for AF

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced that cardiac ablation catheter devices would be listed on the Government’s Prostheses List. That means private health insurers are required to provide cover for cardiac ablation procedures.

The announcement comes after charity Hearts4Heart released a White Paper entitled “