In recent years, governments have funded a number of reform processes to generate change over the short and longer-term to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). These include the 2009 Review of Health Technology Assessment and the following reviews of the MBS.
2010 – MBS Quality FrameworkAnnounced in the 2009-10 Budget, the MBS Quality Framework took effect from 1 January 2010 (see 2009-10 Portfolio Budget Statements, outcome 3). A key component of the MBS Quality Framework was to implement a systematic approach to reviewing existing MBS items to ensure they reflected contemporary evidence, offered improved health outcomes for patients, and represented value for money. More information is available about the process of the reviews and the outcomes of the reviews.
2011- 2014 – Comprehensive Management Framework for the MBSAnnounced in the 2011-12 Budget, the Comprehensive Management Framework for the MBS (CMFM) built on activity commenced under the MBS Quality Framework (see 2011-12 Portfolio Budget Statements, outcome 3).
In the 2013-14 Budget, the Australian Government committed to continue the systematic review of Schedule (MBS) services.
Information is available on the process of the reviews and the outcomes of the reviews. The outcomes of these reviews were appraised by the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC). Some of the continuing reviews will be considered by the MBS Review Taskforce.
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