MSAC about us
Principal role of Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)
To advise the Australian Minister for Health and Ageing on evidence relating to the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new medical technologies and procedures.
This advice informs Australian Government decisions about public funding for new, and in some cases existing, medical procedures.
Background to the establishment of the MSAC
MSAC was established in 1998 to improve health outcomes for patients by ensuring that new and existing medical procedures attracting funding under the Medicare Benefits Schedule are supported by evidence of their safety, clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.
MSAC has the capacity to assemble and review available evidence. In some circumstances, MSAC can recommend interim funding to enable data collection, within an agreed research framework, in order to establish the evidence base.
Evaluation of evidence associated with medical services has been an integral part of the process for the listing of new medical technologies and services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).
Protocol Advisory Sub-committee (PASC)
PASC Terms of Reference (13 December 2010) (PDF 58 KB)
Evaluation Sub-committee (ESC)
ESC Terms of Reference (13 December 2010) (PDF 55 KB)
MSAC Terms of Reference (13 December 2010)
MSAC Executive Terms of Reference
Completed Assessments - Appraised by MSAC
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