Date: 18 February 2019
The RACGP has submitted to the Wound Management Working Group of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review.Wound management in primary care can reduce the need for later, more expensive, secondary care. However, Medicare does not adequately fund the time, service, or materials for wound care in general practice.
The RACGP's recommendations to the working group include:
- The MBS should recognise the costs of practice nurses and dressings for wound care.
- A set of guidelines should be developed for wound care, including the current best-practice dressings.