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RURAL DOCTORS CALLING TO HALT ECG MEDICARE SERVICE CHANGES

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The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has urged the Federal Government to put an immediate hold on changes to Medicare rebates for ECG services.

The changes have been put forward by the MBS Review Committee, and are due to come into effect on 1 August.

The association warn the changes make it “incredibly difficult” for rural patients to get comprehensive local follow-up care following a heart attack.

President of the association Dr John Hall said “Under these incredibly poor changes, GPs will only be allowed to undertake an ECG trace – they won’t be able to interpret and analyse the results of that trace”

The RDAA has written to the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt MP, suggesting that the Medicare items should be extended to rural GPs who are Fellows of either of Australia’s two GP colleges, as well as GP trainees, in rural classification areas.

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