Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

1146 - Capsule Endoscopy for the Diagnosis of Suspected Small Bowel Crohn's Disease

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Resubmission: Please see Application 1146.1
Application NameCapsule Endoscopy for the Diagnosis of Suspected Small Bowel Crohn's Disease
Description of Intervention-
Description of Disease-
Advisory PanelProfessor Kwun Fong
MSAC member
Thoracic/Sleep Medicine
Associate Professor David Winlaw
Deputy Chair
MSAC member
Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Professor Helen Lapsley
ESC Representative
Associate Professor Warwick Selby
Gastroenterologist nominated by GESA
Associate Professor Graham Radford-Smith
Dr Justin Evans
Colorectal Surgeon
Ms Anita Reilly
Consumer Health Representative
Date Received by MSAC Secretariat25 February 2010
Stage 1 - Eligibility13 May 2010
Stage 2 - Assessment StatusAssessment Report - PDF Printable Version (PDF 822 KB)
Assessment Report (Accessible Word 631 KB)
ESC considered this assessment on 16 June 2011.
MSAC appraised this assessment on 27 July 2011.
Public Summary Document - PDF Printable Version (PDF 147 KB)
Public Summary Document (Accessible Word 232 KB)
Stage 3 - Formulation of Advice to the MinisterAfter considering the strength of the available evidence in relation to the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of capsule endoscopy to evaluate suspected small bowel Crohn disease in patients who have had some previous testing which remains inconclusive, MSAC does not support its public funding.
Stage - Noting by Minister
  • advice is not communicated to the Minister until the Minutes of the relevant meeting have been ratified by MSAC members (which may take several weeks)
  • the Minister needs time to properly consider MSAC's advice (and may choose to seek further policy advice from the department before noting the advice)
  • a Government decision to list a service supported by MSAC is taken in the context of other Government priorities: MSAC's support of an application for public funding does not oblige the Government to list the service on the MBS
The Minister noted MSAC's advice 12 June 2012.