Medicare Benefits Schedule - Note AN.0.71

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General practitioner attendances and aftercare

Last reviewed: 1 February 2024

Medical practitioners working in general practice (excluding specialists and consultant physicians) can provide an aftercare service for which patients are eligible to receive a Medicare benefit, providing that practitioner did not complete the initial procedure for which aftercare treatment is being provided.

Routine aftercare that is provided as follow-up care for a procedure, or that is specified as routine aftercare for a procedure in an MBS item, is not eligible to be billed to the MBS when it is provided by the same practitioner who provided the initial service requiring aftercare. Further information on aftercare treatments can be found in explanatory note TN.8.4 and on Services Australia’s website.


Further details about the legislative requirements for practitioners to be eligible for Medicare benefits when providing aftercare can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation in the Health Insurance (Subsection 3(5) General Practitioner Post-Operative Treatment) Direction 2017.


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