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Submission to the MBS Review – Report from the Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Clinical Committee


Date: 20 December 2019

The RACGP has provided a submission to the MBS Review on the report from the Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Clinical Committee.

The Committee has recommended that access to MBS audiology items be expanded to include any medical practitioner referral. The RACGP is supportive of this recommendation, which will improve patient access to appropriate care.

The Committee has also recommended that the item descriptor for item 41647 (ear toilet) be amended to address inappropriate use for the removal of uncomplicated wax and debris. The RACGP recommends that appropriately trained GPs be able to claim this item in circumstances where other ear clearing techniques have failed or are inappropriate.