Dr Di hopes Medicare review will benefit all

NECESSARY: Dr Di Minuskin, president of the Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association, says the review is needed.
NECESSARY: Dr Di Minuskin, president of the Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association, says the review is needed. Warren Lynam

CAUTIOUS approval.

That's what Sunshine Coast Local Medical Association president Dr Di Minuskin gives to the current Medicare Benefits Schedule review.

The Federal Department of Health has initiated an MBS Review Taskforce led by Professor Bruce Robinson to assess the 5500-plus services currently listed on the

schedule to better align them with contemporary clinical evidence and improve health outcomes for patients.

With the Federal Government expected to spend more than $20 billion on Medicare services in 2014-15, Dr Minuskin said there was no doubt a broom had to be put through the current system, but it was vital improved patient outcomes, not just cost-cutting, was the end goal.

"Medicare does need a broom through it ... and I'm pleased to see a review. I just hope the changes are led by clinicians and focused on patient outcomes," Dr Minuskin said.

The 13-person strong contingent that will lead the taskforce includes several professors and leading doctors experienced in a wide variety of fields.

The review will aim to engage with clinicians, consumers and other experts as part of the process.

Dr Minuskin said while she supported the idea of saving money where it did not provide improved patient outcomes, she would also like to see the review identify areas of medicine that could benefit from greater financial support.

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