The Schedule is part of the wider Medicare Benefits Scheme managed by the Australian Government Department of Health and administered by Services Australia. MBS Online contains the latest MBS information and is updated as changes to the MBS occur.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) informationInformation on how the Australian Government is monitoring and responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is available on the Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.
From 1 January 2022, patient access to telehealth services have been supported by continued MBS arrangements. The continued arrangements build on the temporary telehealth items introduced as part of the Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to enable all Medicare eligible Australians to access telehealth (video and phone) services for a range of (out of hospital) consultations that can also be provided in person.
MBS telehealth items will continue to be available to GPs, medical practitioners, specialists, consultant physicians, nurse practitioners, participating midwives, allied health providers and dental practitioners in the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Further information can be found on the MBS Telehealth Services page.
MBS Reviews TaskforceThe MBS Review Taskforce has considered how more than 5,700 Medicare services can be aligned with contemporary clinical evidence and practice and improve health outcomes for patients. The Taskforce held its last meeting on 30 June 2020. The Department is continuing to undertake the implementation process.
Medical Costs FinderThe Medicare Costs Finder is an online tool. It lets you find out more about the cost of specialist medical services. It covers common services in and out of hospital that patients want to know more about. We will continue to add more services over time.The tool’s results are based on the most recent publicly available Government data about what people have paid for medical services.
AskMBS Email Advice Service for Providers
AskMBS responds to enquiries from providers of services listed on the MBS seeking advice on interpretation of MBS items (including those for dental, pathology and diagnostic imaging), explanatory notes and associated legislation. This advice is primarily to assist health professionals, practice managers and others to understand and comply with MBS billing requirements.
If you are seeking advice in relation to Medicare billing, claiming, payments or obtaining a provider number, please contact Services Australia on the Provider Enquiry Line - 13 21 50.
If you have a query relating exclusively to interpretation of the Schedule, you should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AskMBS also have an Advisories page summarising responses to frequently asked questions on specific subject areas.