From April 1 this year a new dedicated MBS item for heart health checks will support General Practitioners and patients in assessing cardiovascular risk.
The Liberal National Government is deeply committed to tackling Australia’s biggest killer – heart disease. One Australian dies of cardiovascular disease every 12 minutes, with one Australian experiencing a heart attack or stroke every five minutes.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said this dedicated Medicare item for heart heath checks will save and protect lives.
The independent medical experts at the Medical Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce will also conduct a review with the potential for further development of this new Medicare item.
Anyone who is concerned about their heart health should always ask their GP for a check-up. Currently there are a range of Medicare items that cover services and tests where people may have heart disease or are at risk of heart disease, including:Specialist consultations with a cardiologist Electrocardiogram tests (ECG) Exercise ECG Stress (exercise) ECG Cardiac ECG Coronary angiography Computed tomography coronary arteries Chest x-ray Electrophysiology studies Cholesterol tests Lipid tests Glucose test
Since 2013, the Coalition Government has provided $662.2 million for research into cardiovascular disease and provided $7.7 billion to subsidise medicine to treat cardiovascular disease on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).